Previously at the ICA - Films
22 Aug 2009 – 30 Aug 2009
This award-winning documentary gives an intimate portrait of the brilliant, controversial philosopher and intellectual French icon Jacques Derrida, whose theories have deeply influenced the studies of literature, philosophy, ethics, architecture and law.
Filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman team up and document one of the most visionary and influential thinkers of the 20th century, a man who single-handedly altered the way many of us look at history, language, art, and, ultimately, ourselves: the brilliant and iconoclastic French philosopher Jacques Derrida. Derrida is in no way a talking heads movie or conventional biographical portrait. Its bold, visual style, mesmerizing score by Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, and novel editorial approach create a rich, lively cinematic experience, at once provokes, amuses and entertains. In resisting any predictable, formulaic approach, they make Derrida a living, informal demonstration of "deconstruction" - a system of thought which up to now has otherwise eluded cinematic capture. The result is not only thought provoking, but ground-breaking.
Dirs Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering Kofman, US 2003, 90 mins