Regarding Susan Sontag

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About The Film

Honoring a formidable voice of American politics and culture, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is an intimate biography of one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century.

Endlessly curious and controversial, Susan Sontag challenged conventional theories of war, advocated for human and civil rights, embraced gay culture, and deconstructed ideas of gender identity. A feminist icon who was as graceful as she was outspoken, her vocations were numerous: writer, activist, teacher and filmmaker. Writer-director Nancy Kates traces Sontag’s seminal moments from her young adulthood awakening in the 1940s through her literary ups and downs. Friends, family, colleagues and lovers share candid and sometimes unflattering memories of an intellectual rock star who had an ego to match. In addition to essays and personal diaries read aloud by Emmy-winning actress Patricia Clarkson, Sontag appears on-camera discussing her relationships, strong moral convictions, leftist ideology and Jewish identity.

Interviews are creatively melded with a treasure trove of archival materials and an evocative soundtrack. Special Jury Mention winner for Best Documentary Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Film Details

Running Time 
101 minutes