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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

Join Columbia University, Harvard Divinity School, Ohio State, Duke, Boston College, Rice, Mt. Holyoke, and UToronto, among many others, in supporting this project and getting it into classrooms!

Based on professor feedback, the film educates and inspires students in a range of disciplines, including:

        • Philosophy                     • Religion                          • Film                 • French Studies
        • Women's Studies           • Political Science           • History            • Jewish Studies

Educational License DVD

Applies to universities, colleges, museums, corporations and government agencies, includes public performance rights.

Duration: 85 minutes

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Public and High School Libraries

This DVD is licensed for multi-use in public and high school libraries only.

Duration: 85 minutes

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Host a Screening

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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 is remarkable and the post-screening discussion was one of the most insightful and inspiring I've been witness to at Neumann. Julia's presence meant the world to us, and the film has sparked a dialogue which will continue for a long time to come."
~ Gerard O'Sullivan, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Neumann University

Simone Weil T-Shirt

Get your own iconic Simone Weil T-shirt. 100% preshrunk cotton. Gildan brand.

Price: $20.00



Official movie poster (11 x 17). Full color glossy.




"Julia Haslett has made a profound and moving film on a woman who continues to speak to all of us. Few Americans know of Simone Weil, but this deeply affecting documentary will make you want to know more. AN ENCOUNTER WITH SIMONE WEIL challenges all of us not to look the other way when we see the suffering of others. Julia's personal journey through the film is both heartbreaking and inspiring."
~Michael Moore, Filmmaker

"…an astonishing and revelatory piece of work."
~Siân Miles, author of Simone Weil: An Anthology

"...a searching examination of the eternal question of human suffering."
~Palle Yourgrau, Chair of Philosophy, Brandeis University

"AN ENCOUNTER WITH SIMONE WEIL is remarkable, and the post-screening discussion with director Julia Haslett was one of the most insightful and inspiring dialogues I've been witness to at Neumann. Ms. Haslett's presence meant the world to us, and the film and comments have sparked a dialogue which will continue for a long time to come."
~Gerard O'Sullivan, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Neumann University

"More than just a documentary...this is a film for all those who question deeply and who realize that life, especially when perplexing, demands attention and generosity."
~The Rev. Eric O. Springsted, Presbytery of Monmouth, President of the American Weil Society

"The film educates both heart and mind..."
~Marjolein Oele, Assistant professor of Philosophy, University of San Francisco

"Haslett takes Weil's quote that 'Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity' as her film's motto. Her attention deserves our own."
~Kenneth Morefield, Christianity Today, Six Indie Film You Won't Want to Miss

"The screening at North Park University went off fantastically...Haslett’s film makes Simone Weil neither into a philosopher, nor a revolutionary, but elegantly and painfully into the vessel of compassion that she was."
~Karl Clifton-Soderstrom, Assistant professor of Philosophy, North Park University

"Haslett embarks on a quest to connect with Weil in ways not possible within the pages of a book."
~Jonathan Michels, Reesenews, UNC Chapel Hill

"Haslett has skillfully interwoven a visual reflection on Weil’s life and thought with images of social suffering and personal family tragedy...pertinent quotes from Weil's writings complete this provocative application of her philosophy to contemporary concerns."
~E. Jane Doering, Professor College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame

"This documentary surpasses any mere curiosity about an extraordinary person...Haslett's documentary is the most spiritual and political aesthetic possibility."
~Daehyun Park, Indigo: Humanities Magazine for Young People (South Korea)

"Haslett offers a provocative and deeply personal meditation on a genius whose incandescence illuminated some of the darkest moments of the 20th Century, even as it consumed her to the wick."
~Joslyn Barnes, Louverture Films (USA)

"Essential viewing..."
~Julia Bacha, Director, Budrus

"...a moving document that compels us to reflect on themes in our own lives."
~Mariëtte Baarda, De Groene Amsterdammer (The Netherlands)

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Public Performance Rights

Public Performance Rights are included when you purchase the Educational License DVD. Screening in a classroom or library or to a public group of less than 100 people is permitted when no admission is charged. If admission is charged or if the group exceeds 100 people, please contact LINE STREET PRODUCTIONS for open showing fees.

All films and DVDs are protected by United States copyright law. Duplication, reproduction, alteration, subleasing, television (broadcast, cable or close circuit) or commercial use (i.e., charging admission) is strictly prohibited without written consent from LINE STREET PRODUCTIONS

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