ETSU to screen documentary ‘An Encounter with Simone Weil’

8:31 am | October 4, 2012

JOHNSON CITY — The Mary B. Martin School of the Arts at East Tennessee State University will present the award-winning documentary “An Encounter with Simone Weil” Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium.

Julia Haslett, the film’s director, producer and editor, will lead a discussion and question-answer session after the screening, which is part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

The screening and reception are free and open to the public.

Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus described Weil as “the only great spirit of our time.” She was an advocate for the poor and unemployed. Her own struggles with suffering — her father committed suicide and her brother battles severe depression — are interwoven with Weil’s story about living life with compassion.

“I very much identify with and admire Weil’s commitment to understanding what it is to be human and what it takes to live a life of compassion,” Haslett said in an interview with writer Peter Menkin. “Her commitment to that is inspiring to me. I think another big element for me is her intellectual questioning and her refusal to accept the status quo or orthodoxies of any kind. She put such a high value on interrogating the norm. I share these values.”

For information about the ETSU Mary B. Martin School of the Arts or the film series, call (423) 439-8587 or visit www. or

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