Hannah Arendt – The obligation to disobey

A film by Ada Ushpiz, HD, WDR/arte, 90 min. | 2016

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Hannah Arendt is one of the 20th Century’s most influential political thinkers. But what does her work say to the young people of today, a generation that moves beyond the restrictions of nationality or even continents, and who take sides with the idea of “ thinking without a banister” (Hannah Arendt) as regards systems, ideologies and desires? From the Arab Spring, the protests against political repression in the Ukraine, Hong Kong or Canada, to accomplishments of the Occupy movement, the work of NGOs or exposes of state-sanctioned spying on entire populations, Hannah Arendt declared that politics is to be understood as a “matter of freedom from the evil of despotism of any kind.”