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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.