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Her Socialist Smile

Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 12:01am to 11:59pm

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with filmmaker John Gianvito Q&A on Wed, March 10 at 7:30pm

Ithaca Premiere>2020 > USA > Directed by John Gianvito
Beginning with her first public appearance in 1913 at age 32, Hellen Keller spent her entire adult life advocating for progressive causes. Though very little moving image or audio recordings exist of Keller, this experimental documentary works around these perceptual restraints to foreground Keller's words with recorded voiceover and onscreen text. In doing so, filmmaker John Gianvito grapples with an historical figure whose popular image has been frozen in childhood, conveniently ignoring a complex rhetorical legacy. Winner of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award.
1 hr 33 min

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