From Director's Statement; "You may love this film or you may hate it, but what you won’t feel is nothing. The questions it poses are fundamental and the stakes it raises are quite literally, life or death. And for that reason, the film can take a while to sink in. My idealistic hope is that once it does, it will bring a little more compassion into the world." Julia Haslett on An Encounter with Simone Weil
Advance Praise for An Encounter with Simone Weil
"Essential viewing for 2011."
~Julia Bacha, Director, Budrus
"...a moving document that compels us to reflect on themes in our own lives."
~Mariëtte Baarda, De Groene Amsterdammer (The Netherlands)
"Haslett offers a provocative and deeply personal meditation on a genius whose incandescence illuminated some of the darkest moments of the 20th Century, even as it consumed her to the wick."
~Joslyn Barnes, Louverture Films (USA)
"This documentary surpasses any mere curiosity about an extraordinary person...Haslett's documentary is the most spiritual and political aesthetic possibility."
~Daehyun Park, Indigo: Humanities Magazine for Young People (South Korea)
"…an astonishing and revelatory piece of work."
~Siân Miles, author of Simone Weil: An Anthology
Quotes from an email exchange:
From: Julia Haslett
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 3:03 PM
To: Brent Short
Subject: An Encounter with Simone Weil
French Philospher and Social Activist, Simone Weil, is the subject of Haslett's documentary.
Ms. Haslett was interviewed in April 2011 at the Sarasota Film Festival.