“A truly radical documentary about a radical figure whose authentic legacy has been sanitized into an American bootstrap mythos that undercuts the spirit of its subject’s work on behalf of the marginalized.” — Matthew Lucas, In Review Online
Free and open to the public. (Masking required.) More Info
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center 2020 Campus Drive Durham,
Free Film Screening:
Her Socialist Smile (John Gianvito, 2020, 93 min, USA, Color, DCP)
Continuing his work of patient and insightful political filmmaking, director John Gianvito (Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind) resurrects the socialist advocacy of deaf-blind author Helen Keller (1880–1968), which has been largely suppressed or sanitized over the years. Gianvito combines onscreen text taken from her most memorable public appearances, recorded voiceover by politically engaged poet Carolyn Forché, and quiet images of nature, creating another unique blend of activism, historical analysis and poetry. Reminding us that leftist struggles are inseparable from disability advocacy, Keller’s words remain remarkably pertinent today.
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