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DERRIDA

USA / France, 2002 (MIFF 2002, Documentaries)

Director: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering Kofman

"A philosophical experiment in portraiture, Derrida avoids becoming a deconstrurtion primer, instead positioning itself as a demonstration of the French thinker's theories. In a series of interviews, Derrida is encouraged to systematically dismantle the documentary process." - Village Voice

A film co-helmed by Amy Ziering Kofman and Kirby Dick, the notorious director of Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (MIFF 1997). The filmmakers resisted creating a linear biography and opted for a collage of what they term 'paragraphs'. Interviews, observational camera coverage, snatches from lectures and media engagements, dinner conversation and humorous musings running between meetings combine to provide a background to this titan philosopher's busy life, pioneering work and energetic personality. Stately score by Ryuichi Sakamoto.

"Wry, funny, refreshingly different. Seldom has a movie so closely matched the spirit of a man and his work." - Hollywood Reporter

Amy Ziering Kofman and Kirby Dick are guests of the Festival

Kirby Dick (born in Arizona, 1952) studied at the American Film Institute. His documentaries include Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate (1986) and Chain Camera (2000). Derrida is producer-director Amy Ziering Kofman's debut.

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