BLUE HILL — Friday, November 30 at 7 pm, Peninsula Peace & Justice will show Hannah Arendt at Blue Hill Public Library. The 2012 feature film depicts a principled intellectual figure in American, European, and Jewish history who challenged conventional liberal views on moral, ethical, and political responsibility.
Arendt was a leading 20th-century German-American philosopher before attended the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann in Nuremberg to cover it for the New Yorker magazine. Her trenchant, detailed report and commentary on those hearings aroused a firestorm among American readers and journalists.
Arendt’s decision to try to understand “the banality of evil” inherent in the racist, anti-Semitic culture of the Third Reich of Nazi Germany drives her quest in this intense, dramatic film by Margarethe von Trotta, starring Barbara Sukowa. Arendt confronts a dominant male elite in New York City to battle avoidance, denial, blame-slinging, and scapegoating.
Dialogue is in English and German, with subtitles. This prize-winning picture earned an 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Refreshments and admission are free. Everyone is welcome. More info: 374-2357.