Hi Everyone welcome to Art Uncovered. My guest this week is filmmaker Julia Haslett. She is the director of the new documentary An Encounter with Simone Weil. The film tells the story of French Philosopher and activist Simone Weil, who spent her short yet prolific life grappling with a single question: What response does seeing human suffering demand of us? Before making this film, Julia had never heard of Simone Weil, but she was familiar with this question. She grew up watching her father struggle with mental illness, and when Julia was 17 he took his own life. The suicide left her acutely sensitive to people in pain. Many years later, Julia read Simone Weil's famous line, "Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity." These words lead to Julia's film and a journey to understand Simone through the people who knew her, scholars who have studied her and the personal experiences that drew her to Simone's philosophy.