People in the Film
"My father gave a rather macho image of my aunt ...and so I had the image of someone who was just like him except happened to be a young woman."
Sylvie Weil is the niece of Simone Weil and the daughter of renowned mathematician André Weil. She is Prof. Emerita of French Literature at Hunter College, and has written several award-winning works of fiction for adults and young readers, including: My Guardian Angel and Elvina's Mirror. Her latest book is entitled At Home with André and Simone Weil.
"Simone asked: Why do we allow others to carry the burden of oppression...Why do we live at ease when others are suffering?"
Anna Brown teaches political science and is the Director of the Social Justice program at St Peter's College in Jersey City. She is an active member of Witness Against Torture and the Kairos community.
After two years of asking, Simone Weil's 97-year-old cousin Raymonde, who grew up with Simone, finally agreed to an interview.
"She never wanted to talk about; she wanted to be part of what she was talking about. And she could only do it if she participated in it."
Professor Emeritus of French literature and philosophy at Columbia University, and Jean Baudrillard Chair at the European Graduate School. As general editor of Semiotext(e) and Foreign Agents book series he has been instrumental in introducing French theory to the United States.
"She compels everyone who reads her to reconsider their life...One can't come away unscathed from reading her."
Florence de Lussy has devoted 27 years of her life to editing The Complete Works of Simone Weil at the Bibliothèque Nationale.