Examined Life

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  87 min.
Release Date: January 23, 2009 (limited)

Current rating: Rating: 3.40
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Examined Life takes philosophy out of the darkened corners of academia and into the hustle and bustle of the everyday, a visual reminder that great ideas are born through profound engagement with the world around us.

Examined Life interweaves fascinating "walks" with philosophers through places that hold special resonance for them and their ideas—crowded city streets, deserted alleyways, Central Park and even a garbage dump.

Director: Astra Taylor
Studio: FilmsWeLike
Producer(s): Bill Imperial, Lea Marin
Screenplay: Astra Taylor
Official Site: filmswelike.com/films/examinedlife/examinedlife.html

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  • 5 stars ""Really, we should love garbage," enthuses Slavoj Zizek and I don't know how he did it, but I got a lump in my throat. There is so much musing on humanity in this 87 minute gem that I can't wait to read the transcripts that Taylor plans to publish from the hours of interviews. She brought together "a virtual who's who of contemporary thought" - Cornel West (in the back of a cab), Avital Ronell, Peter Singer (window gazing along 5th Avenue), Swame Anthony Appiah, Martha Nussbaum, Micheal Hardt (rowing a boat!) and of course Zizek examining our societal/cultural relationship to the environment. Thought-provoking philosophical material."
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