Film Review: ‘Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt’ (2015)

Another review of the recent Hannah Arendt documentary, Vita Activa.

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A Brave Film about a Brave Thinker: Stop and Think about Hannah Arendt 

A Review of Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2015), Directed by Ada Ushpiz

Reviewed by: Julian Shaw (First published online 8th March 2016) 


This documentary film by Ada Ushpiz is a brave enterprise. The works and life of Hannah Arendt regularly fluctuate between controversy and obscurity; true both during her life and after her passing in 1975. Engaging with both the controversy and obscurity, Ushpiz’s creation emerges with an exceptional clarity and leaves its audience with the necessary feelings of unease and disquiet that Arendt’s work demands. After the experience of viewing this film, one cannot ignore Arendt’s call to ‘stop and think’; and think we must. 

In the decades since her death, the name and works of Hannah Arendt have ebbed in and out of mainstream consciousness. In recent years her name has…

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