British artist Alex Fletcher produced this film during his association with the prestigious Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2012. Major ideas of the philosopher, activist and feminist Raya Dunayevskaya (1910-1987) are brought to life in the film, which illustrates her development, over much of the last century, of the philosophy she called Marxist-Humanism.
Fletcher has constructed a broad and multi-layered film that delivers complex ideas in ways that are both clear and visually entertaining. It brings out Dunayevskayaâ€™s contemporary importance at a time when her writings are gaining renewed attention, as economic crisis and seemingly permanent recession, war, sexism, and racism spur people to question and to challenge the future of capitalism.
Featuring video footage from her talks, photos, and news clippings, her life and works are also presented through her writings and by interviews of colleagues who worked with her in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
A trailer is at http://youtu.be/gSafxbRgIhY
The discussion following the screening will include Ray McKay and other colleagues of Dunayevskaya who are interviewed in the film, with comments from other videographers.