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“The Personal and Political in the film Hannah Arendt by Margarethe von Trotta ”

Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research. Hannah Arendt was one of the most intriguing political thinkers of the twentieth century. Margarethe von Trotta is the most well-known and prolific female director of the New German Cinema. Trotta’s films are often marked by controversy and conflicting points of view. What happens when Trotta makes a film about the most controversial period in Arendt’s life - her work on the Eichmann trial in the 1960s? In this talk Sally Winkle, PhD, modern languages and literatures, and director, women’s and gender studies; and Jody Stewart-Strobelt, MEd, modern languages and literatures; explore the intersection of the personal and political in Trotta’s depiction of Hannah Arendt in 1963 as well as the controversy discussed in reception of this film. Part of the EWU Women’s Studies programs.