REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG
Susan Sontag was one of the most influential, provocative and controversial intellectuals of the 20th century: writer, critic, political activist and feminist icon of her generation, but also a glamorous character, loved by artists such as Andy Warhol and constantly in the media spotlight. Nancy D. Kates’s documentary covers her life, going beyond the public figure and telling of the woman and her interior life, through photos, extracts from her diary and witness accounts by those who were closest to her.
A central importance has covered, in Sontag’s life and works, her bisexuality, expression of her refusal to accept categories: she loved in equal measures both men and women, having important relationships with both. Beginning with Philip Rieff, who she married when she was just 17 (divorcing eight years later) and with whom she had a child when she was 19. Talking about her early maturity (she took her exams when she was 15), she said: “I hated being a girl. I couldn’t do what I wanted to do: I wanted to stay up all night, discover the world, speak to people”. This lust for life took her to Paris where she lived one of the happiest periods of her life, meeting artists and writers. And then her great female loves, from the dramatist María Irene Fornés to Annie Leibovitz, who stayed by her side up until she died.
Her written work faces many diverse topics: culture, media, human rights, AIDS, war. Her Notes on Camp was especially important, where she redefined the concept of camp, studying its cultural implications She was also a theatre director (her direction of Waiting for Godot in a Sarajevo theatre during the raids on the city in the nineties drew a lot of attention) and cinema director (in 1974 she directed the documentary on Israel Promised Lands).
Regarding Susan Sontag has been presented in many international festivals, including the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, Outfest in Los Angeles and the Toronto LGBT Film Festival.
In collaboration with Associazione Orlando and Centro Documentazione delle Donne.
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