Her Socialist Smile

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Most historical accounts ignore the fact that iconic deaf-blind author Helen Keller (1880–1968) was one of the most passionate socialist advocates of her time. Continuing his work of political filmmaking, director John Gianvito resurrects Keller’s radical views, which have been largely suppressed or sanitized over the years. This beautiful poetic film reminds us that leftist struggles are inseparable from disability advocacy. Keller’s words remain remarkably pertinent today. (93 mins)
“… a fascinating and challenging exploration of Keller’s political thought.” – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
“In championing Hellen Keller’s relentless pursuit of knowledge, Her Socialist Smile successfully challenges us to do the same.” – Soham Gadre, Film Inquiry
The film is fascinating – a portrait of a woman who has little to lose and is willing to give her all for what she believes in.” – Alisa Wilkinson, Vox
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