Scene from the film Her Socialist Smile
Scene from the film Her Socialist Smile
Scene from the film Her Socialist Smile
Scene from the film Her Socialist Smile

Her Socialist Smile

Direction
Year 
2020
Country
  • United States
Duration
93min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

An experimental documentary essay on the political imagination of iconic humanitarian, author, and advocate for the blind Helen Keller. World famous by the age of 8 for having learned how to read and communicate through the finger alphabet, indelibly dramatized in William Gibson’s play The Miracle Worker, Helen Keller (1880-1968) remained for the course of her 87 years the most revered blind-deaf woman on the planet. Largely omitted or minimized within the voluminous literature her life generated however was the fact that Keller had become, by time she reached her thirties, a committed believer in the principles of Socialism. The product of years of research, Her Socialist Smile resurrects the radical Keller, serving as a rousing reminder that Keller’s undaunted activism for labor rights, pacifism, and women’s suffrage was philosophically inseparable from her battles for the rights of the disabled.

Details

  • Original title
    Her Socialist Smile
  • Direction
  • DOP
    John Gianvito
  • Editing
    John Gianvito, Eric P. Gulliver
  • Music
    Martin Marks, Gaetano Donizetti, Pankrti
  • Sound
    John Gianvito, Pierre Huberson
  • Duration
    93 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Viennale 2020
    • Documenta Madrid 2020
    • Cinéma du Réel, 2021
    • Ljubljana Doc Film Festival 2021
    • Hot Docs, Toronto, Canada 2021
    • Jeonju International Film Festival, Korea 2021
    • Docaviv, Tel Aviv, Israel 2021
    • DokuFest, Kosovo 2021
    • IndieLisboa, Lisbon, Portugal 2021

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