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An encounter with Simone Weil

Soraya Broukhim, Julia Haslett (Screenwriter, Producer, Director, Film editor), Fabrizia Galvagno (Producer), Klara Grunning-Harris (Producer), Enrico Cullen (Producer), Thomas Torres Cordova (Cinematographer), Daniel Thomas Davis (Composer), Line Street Productions (Firm)
What response does seeing human suffering demand of us? Filmmaker Julia Haslett seeks an answer in the controversial French philosopher and activist Simone Weil (1909-1943), whose life and work took on this question in a dramatic way. Adopting Weil as her guide through an engaging and profound moral landscape, Julia goes on a journey to understand Weil's loss of faith in revolutionary politics and the spiritual awakening that followed. Driving her obsession with Weil is the interwoven story of suffering within Haslett's own family, her father's suicide when she was 17 and now her older brother's severe depression. When Weil dies from self-starvation at the height of World War II, she is left wondering if death was the logical conclusion to Weil's philosophy and her attempt to share the pain of others?
DVD Video, English, ©2011
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Line Street Productions, [Brooklyn, NY], ©2011
Motion pictures, French
1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 1/2 cm
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2010
Title from opening frames and container
English and French with English subtitles
Soraya Broukhim.
Producers: Fabrizia Galvagno, Klara Grunning-Harris, Julia Haslett, Enrico Rossini Cullen ; director of photography: Thomas Torres Cordova ; composer: Daniel Thomas Davis. Facebook Page