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
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Her Socialist Smile

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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.


  • 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
  • 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 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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