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Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt

Ada Ushpiz 2015

Hannah Arendt, a well-known German-Jewish philosopher, caused a great uproar in the 1960s by coining the subversive concept of the “banality of evil” when referring to the Nazi evil. Her private life was no less controversial thanks to her love affair with a renowned German philosopher and Nazi supporter Martin Heidegger. She was one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century who both lived through and wrote about the open wounds of modern times. Arendt’s insights about the nature of evil, the plight of refugees and dangers of any ideology sound today more relevant than ever.


  • Sneak Film
    "Highly thought-provoking…"
  • Ha'aretz
    "A masterpiece of documentary filmmaking that delves deep rather than whitewash…"
    Shany Littman
  • Ha'aretz
    "… the ultimate choice of the controversial as the place from which to illuminate Arendt’s greatness."
    Yitzchak Laor
    "A wonderful tribute to one of the most important women thinkers of the 20th century"

Festival Participation

  • Sole Luna Film Festival - 2016
    Special Mention by Student Jury
  • Best Editing Award - 2016
    Sole Luna Film Festival
  • Winner of the Documentary Film Award - 2016
    Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  • New Zealand International Film Festival - 2016
  • Malta Festival Poznan - 2016
  • Seoul International Women's Film Festival - 2016
  • DocuTIFF - 2016
  • Filmmor Women's FF on Wheels - 2016
  • EDOC - 2016
  • Film IsReal Holland - 2016
  • Copenhagen JFF - 2016
  • Göteborg Film Festival - 2016
  • CMU Intl Film Fest - 2016
  • It's All True Film Festival - 2016
  • Gainesville Jewish Film Festival - 2016

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