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An Encounter with Simone Weil (2010)

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I had a nice chat with director Julia Haslett about this film last year, and also listed it in the Jaunuary CT issue as an indie film to keep eyes out for. I know from Julia that they are screening in New York and there was a kickstarter campaign designed to get more funds for distribution (and to clear rights for some of the music).

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Todd and I discuss this documentary in our most recent podcast here.


    • 0:00 – Intro. Self-reflexive vs. biography
    • 10:06 – Understanding vs. Acting On
    • 18:10 – “I feel like there’s something you want me to say…”
    • 20:48 – “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”
    • 27:00 – Is “attention” the same as being a Christian “witness”?
    • 31:45 – Global vs. local; not burning out.
    • 34:22 – A philosophical dead end?
    • 42:25 – I go to extremes…
    • 49:30 – Concluding remarks.

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