Storytelling for Earthly Survival is an engaging exploration of Donna Haraway’s life, influences and ideas, marked by her deep commitments to feminism and environmentalism. Haraway is a prominent scholar in the field of science and technology, who works at building a bridge between science and fiction. She became known in the 1980s through her work on gender, identity, and technology, which broke with the prevailing trends and opened the door to a frank and cheerful trans species feminism. Haraway is a gifted storyteller who paints a rebellious and hopeful universe teeming with critters and trans species, in an era of disasters. Brussels filmmaker Fabrizio Terranova spent a few weeks filming Haraway at her home in California, producing a film portrait that allowed Haraway to speak in her own environment, which emphasised the playful, cerebral sensitivity of the scientist. The result is a rare, candid, intellectual portrait of a highly original thinker.
About the artist:
Fabrizio Terranova, who lives and works in Brussels, is a film-maker, activist, dramaturge, and teacher at erg (École de recherche graphique) in Brussels, where he launched and co-runs the master’s programme in Récits et expérimentation/Narration spéculative (Narrations and experimentation/ Speculative narration). Terranova is the author of Josée Andrei, An Insane Portrait, an experimental documentary that was turned into a book published by Les Editions du souffle. He is also a founding member of DingDingDong – an institute to jointly improve knowledge about Huntington’s disease. He has recently published the article “Les Enfants du compost” in the joint publication Gestes spéculatifs (Les Presses du réel, 2015).
Themes: environmental politics, storytelling, science, art and creativity
BE / 2016 / 82minutes / 16:9
With kind thanks to the distributor Icarus Films, New York.