Friday, September 25, 2009

Astra Taylor - The Examined Life - 09/28/09

Astra Taylor is a 29 year old Canadian-American documentary filmmaker. She has completed two feature-length documentaries, Zizek! (2005) and The Examined Life (2008), both of which received mixed responses from critics. Both films deal with philosophy: Zizek! focuses specifically on Slovenian philosopher/psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek while The Examined Life is a series of conversations with ten contemporary philosophers (Zizek among them), all filmed in some mode of transit or unlikely context. Taylor was home schooled and her work reflects this in its exploratory spirit and decidedly non-linear sensibility.

clip from The Examined Life (2008)

clip from Zizek! (2005)

link to an interview with Astra Taylor, after the release of The Examined Life (2008)

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