An Encounter with Simone Weil tells the story of French philosopher, activist, and mystic, Simone Weil (1909-1943) -- a woman Albert Camus described as "the only great spirit of our time." On her quest to understand Simone Weil, filmmaker Julia Haslett confronts profound questions of moral responsibility both within her own family and the larger world. From the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War to anti-war protests in Washington DC, from intimate exchanges between the filmmaker and her older brother, who struggles with mental illness, to captivating interviews with people who knew Simone Weil, the film takes us on an unforgettable journey into the heart of what it means to be a compassionate human being.
"…an astonishing and revelatory piece of work."
"...an insightful and beautifully crafted documentary..."
Feb 3, 2014 - Simone Weil's 105th birthday seems like a good day to celebrate the film's DVD and streaming release on iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Best Buy, with more to come!
Go see the film at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita, Oregon, this Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 PM, discussion and refreshments to follow.
June 19, 2013 -- “An Encounter with Simone Weil” forces us to encounter ourselves," writes David Finkelstein, read more.