Sunday, January 25, 4:00 pm, The Venue

REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG

REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG

  • NANCY KATES
  • 100 minutes
  • 2014
  • USA
  • Sunday, January 25, 4:00 pm, The Venue

Sponsored by CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women), Peterborough Club; Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre; YWCA Peterborough Haliburton; Trent Queer Collective

Special Jury Prize, Tribeca Film Festival, New York City, 2014: Honorable Mention for Jury Award, Best Documentary, Frameline38 (International LGBT Film Festival), San Francisco, 2014

The life of a literary, political, and feminist icon: an intimate investigation.

Who was she? One of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century, a towering cultural critic and writer.

            Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag produced works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism that still resonate today.

            More than any other thinker of her day, Sontag was watched, viewed, and photographed. She was gazed at – and she looked back, very carefully, particularly at language and metaphor and photography and what she called “the ecology of images.”

            With its evocative experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers (as well as Sontag’s own words, read by actress Patricia Clarkson), Regarding Susan Sontag is a fascinating study of the life and times of this controversial, larger than life figure.

            From her early infatuation with books and her first experience in a gay bar; from her marriage in adolescence to her last lover, she was an “indispensable voice of moral responsibility, perceptual clarity, passionate advocacy [and] social justice.”