The Resource An Encounter with Simone Weil - French Philosopher, Activist, and Mystic

An Encounter with Simone Weil - French Philosopher, Activist, and Mystic

Label
An Encounter with Simone Weil - French Philosopher, Activist, and Mystic
Title
An Encounter with Simone Weil - French Philosopher, Activist, and Mystic
Contributor
Distributor
Producer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The film tells the story of French philosopher, activist, and mystic, Simone Weil (1909-1943)-- a woman Albert Camus described as "the only great spirit of our time." On her quest to understand Simone Weil, filmmaker Julia Haslett confronts profound questions of moral responsibility both within her own family and the larger world. From the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War to anti-war protests in Washington DC, from intimate exchanges between the filmmaker and her older brother who struggles with depression to captivating interviews with people who knew Simone Weil, the film takes us on an unforgettable journey into the heart of what it means to be a compassionate human being.. The film's dramatic story is revealed through contemporary footage in France of places Weil lived and worked, exclusive interviews with key people in Weil{u2019}s life and legacy, and verite footage of the filmmaker{u2019}s family in the United States. Intercut with this material is 1930s archival footage, previously unseen photos of Weil, and excerpts of her writings. Weil asked us this question: How do we respond to human suffering? The filmmaker, in turn, wants to know: How do we remain engaged without ultimately destroying ourselves as Weil did when she died from self-starvation at age 34? Still not satisfied with the answers she's getting, the filmmaker experiments with finding an actress to quite literally conjure Weil up. Drawing on current news and observational footage, Haslett's narration draws provocative comparisons between Weil{u2019}s insight and the world today. The result is a deeply moving film that not only challenges us to think and to feel, but encourages us to initiate important political, psychological, and interfaith dialogue
Cataloging source
VDU
Language note
In English
Label
An Encounter with Simone Weil - French Philosopher, Activist, and Mystic
Publication
Distribution
Note
Film
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1205346
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file) (84 minutes)
Media category
  • computer
  • video
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
  • v
Other physical details
digital, sound colour
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b34762565
System control number
kanopy205347

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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