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Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival

A film by Fabrizio Terranova

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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.

"An ode to this thinker’s expansive mind and life. Besides a heady, speculative journey through theory, politics, sci-fi, and so much else, you get a sense of the deep joy that Haraway takes in all life." 
—Garage Magazine, Vice

"A heroine to a generation of women who are starting to call themselves cyberfeminists." —Wired

"Donna Haraway, the prominent cultural theorist, has shifted her focus from genetic engineering, primatology, and cyborgs to dogs." —The Harvard Gazette

"Feminist theorist and philosopher Donna Haraway has substantially impacted thought on science, cyberculture, the environment, animals, and social relations."
—Margret Grebowicz, author of Beyond the Cyborg

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)

81 minutes / Color/B&W
English; French / English subtitles
Closed Captioned
Release: 2017

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Subject areas:
Biography, Biology, Ecofeminism, Feminism, Philosophy, Politics, Primatology, Science, Science Fiction, Social Studies, Technology, Technoscience, Women's Studies

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