Daughters of de Beauvoir #2: Simone de Beauvoir’s Legacy

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Screening & Talk
dir. Imogen Sutton, 1989, 60 mins

Academy Award Nominee Imogen Sutton’s documentary Daughters of de Beauvoir interweaves the life of Simone de Beauvoir with those of the women she influenced – in particular through her seminal book The Second Sex published just 70 years ago. The film includes archive footage of de Beauvoir with Jean-Paul Sartre, and exclusive interviews with writers Kate Millett, Ann Oakley and Marge Piercy who all cite her as a major force in their lives. In partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Followed by a Q&A with director Imogen Sutton, novelist Margaret Drabble and biographer Sarah LeFanu, both interviewed in the original 1989 documentary, and essayist Mithu Sanyal, just published by Verso books. Chaired by Kate Muir, film critic and novelist.

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Related / Latest Publications:
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (Vintage Classics, 2015)
Margaret Drabble, The Dark Flood Rises (Canongate Books, 2016)
Sarah LeFanu, In the Chinks of the World Machine: Feminism and Science Fiction (Quartet Books, 1988)
Imogen Sutton, Daughters of de Beauvoir (Women’s Press, 1989)
Mithu Sanyal, Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo (Verso Books, 2019)
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Simone de Beauvoir Margaret Drabble Sarah LeFanu Imogen Sutton Kate Muir Mithu Sanyal