"A beautifully cinematic treatment that traverses the political and social upheavals of the 20th century."
"intensely personal and touching film"
New York magazine
'An Encounter with Simone Weil' tells the story of French philosopher, activist, and mystic, Simone Weil (1909-1943) who spent most of her too-short life advocating for the rights of the socially and politically disadvantaged. On her quest to understand Simone Weil, filmmaker Julia Haslett confronts profound questions of moral responsibility both within her own family and the broader context of 21st century America. Using Weil's writings and teachings as a framework for her own experience, Haslett creates a moving portrait of an extraordinary young woman whose decision to act on her convictions proved that the quest to live a principled life is a journey we should all consider taking. The film's dramatic story is revealed through contemporary footage of places Weil lived and worked, interviews with key people in Weil's life and legacy, and intimate vérité footage of the filmmaker's family. Haslett's father committed suicide when she was 17 and her older brother suffers from depression. Intercut with this material is 1930s archival footage, previously unseen photos of Weil, and excerpts of her writings. Still not satisfied, Haslett finds an actress to quite literally conjure Weil up. Drawing on current news and observational footage, Haslett's narration draws provocative comparisons between Weil's insight and the world today. The result is an unforgettable journey into the heart of what it means to be a compassionate human being. More about the film
"An Encounter with Simone Weil" is part of the 2012-2012 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
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