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Film Screening, Hannah Arendt (dir. Margarethe von Trotta, 2012)

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 7:00pm
220 Kane Hall

Please join us for a free screening of HANNAH ARENDT (2012), Margarethe von Trotta’s new film about the renowned German-Jewish philosopher, political theorist, and path-breaking journalist who reported on the war crimes trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, at 7:00pm in KANE 220

Professor Michael Rosenthal, chair of UW Philosophy, will lead a post-film discussion.

This event is co-sponsored by the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, the Stroum Jewish Studies Program, and the Department of Germanics at UW.

To register (and print a ticket) for the film screening, please go to Eventbrite ( or go directly to the UW Jewish Studies webpage: 


Hannah Arendt (dir. Margarethe von Trotta, 2012), will be screened in preparation for the lecture by Seyla Benhabib on Oct. 24.

Her theory of “the banality of evil” made Hannah Arendt both famous and controversial. Now German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta has given the philosopher an outstanding cinematic portrait.

The film, nominated for six Lola Awards (Germany’s Oscars), explores a turbulent  four-year period in the life of the great philosopher and writer, beginning in New York at The New School, where Arendt taught after having escaped from a French detention camp, and moving to Jerusalem, where she covered the trial of Adolf Eichmann.

The director has built a gripping film around Arendt’s lifetime of engagement with the issues that concerned her: the prospects of democracy, the temptation and horrors of totalitarian systems and the question of how modern man can lead a good and therefore meaningful life.

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