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“The screening at Carleton was a smashing success – a good crowd and fantastic discussion. Moreover, students and colleagues alike wrote to me afterwards telling me how much they took away from the film – from philosophy, women’s studies, human rights, history, french – the film fits many different departmental interests.” 
~ Melanie Adrian, Assistant Professor of Law, Carleton University

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.

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Editors’ Pick

– NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“…heartbreaking and inspiring.”

 –   MICHAEL MOORE

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★★★★ RECOMMENDED “A fruitful and thought-provoking introduction to this remarkable person.”~Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO)

“…the film invites serious reflection on some of the most important and intractable elements of the human condition. I recommend it highly.”
~Vance Morgan, Philosophy Prof, Providence College

“Excellent for the college classroom because of its layered complexity.” 
~Jennifer Rycenga, Professor of Comparative Religious Studies & Humanities, San Jose State