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From The KimStim Collection
Jean Ziegler, the Optimism of Willpower

A film by Nicolas Wadimoff

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film still"A child who dies from hunger is a murdered child." —Jean Ziegler

Professor of sociology at the Sorbonne, Paris, collaborator with Nobel Peace Prize recipient Kofi Annan, best-selling author and current Vice-President of the Advisory Committee to the UN Human Rights Council are only a few of Jean Ziegler’s many roles. 

With intimate access, we learn about Ziegler’s early activist career which developed into his worldwide battle against poverty and for economical independence of developing countries. In particular, the film focuses on Ziegler’s relationship with Cuba and Che Guevara, who back in 1964 encouraged a then 30-year-old Ziegler to fight within the “brain of the capitalist Monster” (Geneva and its banking center). 

Charismatic and controversial, Ziegler and his endless belief in socialism is the focus of this in-depth documentary, following him from his home in Geneva to a G-7 Summit in Munich to a trip to Cuba.

"Succeeds in honoring the committed contemporary, but not without critically questioning his dogmatism." —Film Bulletin

"Wadimoff tells us what Ziegler doesn't want to reveal, acquiring a hue of humanity that suits [Ziegler] just perfectly."Cineuropa

"The director lets his protagonist dissect and rethink his ideas, then lets viewers form their own perception of ​​Ziegler. His approach is exemplary and the result remarkable." —Daily Movies

2017 Locarno Film Festival
2017 Montréal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)
2017 Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO)
2017 Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur
2017 Französische Filmtage Tübingen

92 minutes / Color
English; French / English subtitles
Closed Captioned
Release: 2018
Copyright: 2016

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Subject areas:
Capitalism, Cuba, History, Human Rights, KimStim Collection, Literature, Jean Ziegler, Socialism, Sociology, Switzerland, United Nations

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