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Zeitgeist Films takes Hannah Arendt doc

New York-based distributor Zeitgeist Films has picked up Ada Ushpiz's Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (pictured) following its sold-out Israeli premiere at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
July 29, 2015

New York-based distributor Zeitgeist Films has picked up Ada Ushpiz’s Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (pictured) following its sold-out Israeli premiere at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

The 125-minute documentary features interviews with the Jewish political theorist and rare archival footage that captures Arendt’s life story. The Israeli-Canadian coproduction also explores the German-born Arendt’s thoughts on the nature of evil, pluralism and freedom to demonstrate the “Banality of Evil,” a phrase she coined in her 1963 book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.

The deal was negotiated between Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo, co-presidents of Zeitgeist Films; Hedva Goldschmidt, MD of Go2Films; director-producer Ushpiz of AUfilms; and producer Ina Fichman of Intuitive Pictures.

The film will be released in March 2016.

“Having successfully distributed Margarethe von Trotta’s feature about Arendt three years ago, we realized that there is enormous interest and a thirst to know more of her story,” said Zeitgeist co-presidents Gerstman and Russo in a statement. “This new film will undoubtedly engage these audiences.”

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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