Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival

Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
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Fabrizio Terranova | 
Belgium |
 2017 | 
81 minutes

In 1984, Donna Haraway penned the hugely influential essay A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century, a utopian text which sought to dismantle binaries between men and women, organism and machine, and animal and human. The work left a lasting impression on feminists, cyberpunks, academics, and environmentalists the world over. In this candid, one- of-a-kind portrait, Haraway outlines some of her boldest ideas. In her uniquely interconnected way, she reflects on everything from religion, to science fiction, the Anthropocene, and the emotional state of her elderly dog.

For Haraway, “storytelling is the air she breathes,” and from the state of her narratives, it’s clear that she is quick to put her ideas into action. In one enlightening conversation, she describes how her partners, lovers, and friends embraced unconventional kinships, claiming them to be a more honest approach to love than heteronormative monogamy. In the comfort of her hand-built home in Southern California, surrounded by hefty redwood trees and bookshelves aplenty, Haraway’s external world is as peaceful as her inner world.

Filmmaker Fabrizio Terranova delicately strings together Haraway’s winding reflections and insights with images of sea creatures and kooky animations, set against a breezy electronic score. (Keep your eyes open for subtle, yet clever green-screen experiments!) The result is a tranquil, yet playful meditation that dives headfirst into the mind of one of the most inventive and curious thinkers living today. -SC