An experimental documentary essay on the political imagination of iconic humanitarian, author, and advocate for the blind Helen Keller. The product of years of research, Her Socialist Smile resurrects the radical Keller, many of whose views and actions were suppressed or sanitized yet remain as rousing and germane as ever.
We often talk about Helen Keller’s miracle and disabilities, not her political life as an activist for labor rights, equality, and peace. This new film by John Gianvito, whose career has proven that no art is apolitical, invites us to meet another facet of Keller’s miracle: her life as a socialist and suffragette in the early 20th century of the US. Her ideas may come across as a “thorn in the spirit” but greatly influenced many people. The film begins with her first public speech, during which we will get to hear the 32-year-old Keller’s own voice speaking her own words in 1913. Resonating with her voice is the voice of poet Carolyn Forché, guiding us through Keller’s ideas. Keller’s endeavor as a thinker, writer, and supporter for progressive causes wakes up those who live in the 21st century, via her own oral and written languages, which she managed to pick up and operated all throughout her life. (Sung MOON)
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