Regarding Susan Sontag

Director: Nancy Kates
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 110 min
Language: English and French with English subtitles
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 5 and 8 pm
Location: National Museum of American Jewish History
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Festivals & Awards: Special Jury Mention,
2014 Tribeca Film Festival

regardingsusansontag_blue_2_heads smallerRegarding Susan Sontag is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and fiercely outspoken, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political, and feminist icons of her generation. This artful documentary, which had its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival this year, explores Sontag’s life through evocative experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words, read by actress Patricia Clarkson. From her early infatuation with books and her first experience in a gay bar; from her marriage in adolescence to her 15-year relationship with legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz; Regarding Susan Sontag is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic, writer, filmmaker, and playwright whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today.

Special Guest: Elliot Ratzman, Assistant Professor Religion/Jewish Studies, Temple University, in conversation with Timothy Corrigan, Professor of English and Cinema Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Sponsored By: National Museum of American Jewish History

Community Partner: Feinstein Center for American Jewish History; The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center