Secondhand (Pepe)

Washington, D.C. Premiere A tri-lingual documentary about the role of used clothing in diaspora cultures. Filmmakers Rose Shell and Vanessa Bertozzi weave two narratives into a visual and sonic journey. The historical memoir of a Jewish immigrant rag picker intertwines with the present-day story of “pepe” – secondhand clothing that flows from the United States to Haiti. Secondhand (Pepe) animates the materiality of recycled clothes: their secret afterlives and the unspoken connections among people in an era of globalization. Directed by Hanna Rose Shell and Vanessa Bertozzi.

Introduced by Tom Goehner, Curator of Education and Lee Talbot, Associate Curator of Eastern Hemisphere Collections, and the curator of The Textile Museum exhibition, “Second Lives: The Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles.”

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