Tuesday, December 6, 5:00 pm
Embassy of Italy

Tuesday, December 6, 7:30 pm
Embassy of Italy


USA/Italy/Sweden, 2010, documentary
85 minutes
English, French with English subtitles
Director: Julia Haslett

Mid-Atlantic Premiere

Special Founder's Prize, Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival 2011
French philosopher, teacher and activist Simone Weil (1909-1943) once wrote, “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” Born into a wealthy, secular Jewish Parisian family, Weil spent her short life advocating for the poor and disenfranchised. She fought in the Spanish Civil War, worked as a machine operator and farm laborer, debated Trotsky, taught high school students and union members, and was part of the French Resistance. Using rare archival footage and photographs, excerpts from Weil’s writings, intimate vérité footage of the filmmaker’s family and, ultimately, an actress to conjure Weil, the filmmaker herself confronts questions of moral responsibility within her own family and the broader context of 21st Century America.

POST-FILM DISCUSSION WITH Julia Haslett, Producer/Director/Editor

CO-SPONSORED BY the Embassy of Italy, Italian Cultural Institute, Embassy of Sweden and Embassy of France

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH the DCJCC's Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival