- When: March 24, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NYU Deutsche Haus 42 Washington Mews, New York, NY
The SPS Center for Applied Liberal Arts will be screening German director Margereth von Trotta’s biodrama Hannah Arendt as part of their Spring Foreign Film Series, Women Filmmakers: A View From A Broad, which highlights the films of six female directors from around the globe. Trotta’s film, released in 2012, focuses on political theorist and influential thinker Hannah Arendt (played by Barbara Sukowa) and her coverage of Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann’s war crimes trial for The New Yorker. As Arendt observes and reports on the proceedings, she comes to understand the motivation for such inhuman acts as a combination of unconscious participation and authoritarian obedience not perpetuated by monsters, but rather by men whose moral voids are cloaked in normality. When she presents her theory to the public as “the banality of evil”, Arendt must defend her position from the barrage of controversy that it brings.
Moderator: Pam Katz