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New Meetup: Examined Life

From: John
Sent on: Sunday, May 24, 2009 5:43 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Radical Visions Cinema Club!

What: Examined Life

When: Tuesday May 26,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Red Vic Movie House, 1419 Haight St., San Francisco

Meetup Description: Join us this Tuesday when we see 2008's Examined Life, an unusually thought-provoking and accessible film comprised entirely of interviews with contemporary Western philosophers and social theorists. It is rare indeed for intellectuals to appear in North American mass media, and rarer still for thinkers as diverse as Martha Nussbaum, Cornell West, Slavoj Zizek, Peter Singer, and Kwame Anthony Appiah to participate and collaborate in a single forum. As this film's program notes put it, director Astra Taylor's "documentary presents several of today's most influential thinkers from a variety of different fields. Slavoj Zizek discusses ecology while sifting through a garbage dump; Judith Butler and disabilities activist Sunaura Taylor wander through San Francisco's Mission District questioning our culture's fixation on individualism; and Michael Hardt ponders the nature of revolution while surrounded by symbols of wealth and leisure. We also experience Cornel West comparing philosophy to jazz and blues while driving through Manhattan, and ethicist and animal-rights advocate Peter Singer discussing consumption against the backdrop of posh boutiques. Examined Life reminds us how intense and invigorating a life of the mind can be by revealing philosophy's power to transform the way we see the world around us and imagine our place in it. Also featuring Avital Ronell, Kwame Anthony Appiah, and Martha Nussbaum."

Link to the Red Vic:
Muni routes: 7, 33, 37, 43, 71

Tickets are $9.00 adults, $6 students and seniors.

6:30 Purchase tickets at the Red Vic Box Office (1727 Haight St. at Cole), then hang out at Escape from New York Pizza next door.

7:00 Take our seats in the Red Vic theater. The film starts at 7:15.

8:30 After the film we will walk down Haight St. to the People?s Cafe (1419 Haight at Masonic) for conversation.

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