This week on Art Uncovered, Julia Haslett discusses her 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.
This week on the show I speak with Julia about her experience making An Encounter With Simone Weil.
Help support the theatrical run of An Encounter With Simone Weil on Kickstarter.
Composer Daniel Thomas Davis wrote the score for the film, and some of his music is featured on this week’s show. Learn more about Daniel HERE.
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