Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  81 minutes
Date:  2017
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; French / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color / Black and White
Closed captioning available
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Donna Haraway

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A portrait of one of the most important living thinkers in the fields of feminism, science and technology.

Donna Haraway

Feminist thinker and historian of science Donna Haraway is best known as the author of two revolutionary works: the essay "The Cyborg Manifesto" and the book Primate Visions. Both set out to upend well-established "common sense" categories: breaking down the boundaries among humans, animals, and machines while challenging gender essentialism; and questioning the underlying assumptions of humanity’s fascination with primates through a post-colonial lens.

DONNA HARAWAY: STORY TELLING FOR EARTHLY SURVIVAL features Haraway in a playful and engaging exploration of her life, influences, and ideas. Haraway is a passionate and discursive storyteller, and the film is structured around a series of discussions held in the California home she helped build by hand, on subjects including the capitalism and the anthropocene (a term she uses but finds troubling), science fiction writing as philosophical text, kinship relations, the roles of storytelling and Catholicism in her upbringing, humans and dogs, the suppression of women’s writing, the surprisingly fascinating history of orthodontic aesthetics, and the need for new post-colonial and post-patriarchal narratives. It is a remarkably impressive range, from a thinker with a nimble and curious mind.

Haraway and filmmaker Fabrizio Terranova (who we hear but don't see) are clearly at ease with each other, giving the conversations—which are punctuated by images of artwork and quirky animation—a casual, intimate feel. Terranova makes playful use of green screens to illustrate Haraway's words, or to comment on them. As Haraway discusses storytelling, we see an image of her in the background, writing. When the conversation turns to her own unorthodox personal relationships and the oppressive power of heteronormativity, the redwoods out her window are replaced by a crisp suburban street. Underwater invertebrates, one of Haraway’s fascinations, float by in the background of a room.

DONNA HARAWAY: STORY TELLING FOR EARTHLY SURVIVAL is a clever and insightful glimpse into the thought of a major contemporary figure.

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**2017 Festival INTERFÉRENCES, Lyon, France
**2017 Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA), Melbourne, Australie
**2017 Planétarium, Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France
**2017 Festival International de Cinema Queer, Lisboa, Portugal
**2017 Short Theatre, Roma, Italie
**2017 LIAF Lofoten International Art Festival, Svolvaer, Norvège
**2017 Fuchsbau festival, Hanovre, Allemagne
**2017 Kampnagel, Hamburg, Allemagne
**2017 Loud and Proud, Paris, France
**2017 Concreta Review Opening show, Valencia, Espagne
**2017 TENTACULAR THINKING, Talk lecture series, Zurich, Suisse
**2017 DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada
**2017 Environmentalism Outside the Box: An Ecosex Symposium, Santa Cruz, USA
**2017 Donaufestival, Austria
**2017 MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues, Berlin, Germany
**2017 Mostra International Films Dones, Barcelona, Spain
**2017 Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam, Hollande
**2017 Brussels Art Film Festival, Bruxelles, Belgique
**2017 Bandits-Mages, Bourges, France
**2017 TIFF Torino International Film Festival, Turin, Italie
**2017 Kunsten Festival des arts, Bruxelles, Belgique (première mondiale)


Main credits

Terranova, Fabrizio (film director)
Meiresonne, Ellen (film producer)
Haraway, Donna Jeanne (interviewee)
Hogness, Rusten (on-screen participant)
Pepper, Cayenna (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Cinematography, Tristan Galand; film editing, Bruno Tracq; original music score, Lawrence Le Doux; animators, Jaye Miller, Clara Sobrino.

Distributor credits

A film by Fabrizio Terranova

Docuseek2 subjects

Critical Theory
History of Ideas
Political Philosophy
Sociology of the Family
Women's Studies
Gender and Sexuality
Social Studies
Criticism and Theory
Feminist Sociology

Distributor subjects

Science Fiction
Social Studies
Women's Studies


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