‘Judith Butler: Philosophical Encounters of the Third Kind’ by Paule Zajdermann | 2006 | Documentary Film

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Judith Butler, professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most important and influential contemporary thinkers in fields such as continental philosophy, literary theory, feminist and queer theory, and cultural politics. In the film, Butler covers a wide range of subjects, broaching not only controversial gender issues-including transsexuality and intersexuality-but also 20th century Jewish philosophy, AIDS activism, criticism of state power and violence, gay marriage, and anti-Zionism. This first film profile will serve to popularize her insightful analysis of sexual identity and gender roles at a time when the cultural and political debate over these issues pervades American society.