16mm, color, sound, 20:50, 2010
Mimeograph is part of The Perlin Papers series.
Mimeograph is a fictional representation of a day in the life of two anonymous women whose hard-working hands were responsible for typing up FBI documents in which regular citizens reported on each other. I am fascinated with the work of these women who performed innumerable hours of labor to produce the Perlin Papers between the 1940s and the 1970s. I wonder if they read the documents as they typed them, and how they felt about the proceedings, spying, wiretaps, and covert operations taking place. This film is a link between the anonymity of archival documents and the human aspect of the effects of policies on individual lives.