Feature article on pushed up the Mountain and director Julia Haslett in Endeavors

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity,” wrote Simone Weil, a French philosopher and labor activist from the 1930s — and subject of documentary filmmaker Julia Haslett’s first feature-length film “An Encounter with Simone Weil.”

In this quote, Weil considers humanity’s innate responsibility to help those in need, filling up volumes on the concepts of empathy and suffering before dying of self-starvation at age 34 in solidarity with those in Nazi-occupied France. It put into words what Haslett felt while working on a different project one year prior.

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