This collection comprises video recordings made by Safaa Fathy to document selected public lectures and other activities of
the French philosopher and critical theorist Jacques Derrida between 2000 and 2004. Events include public lectures, panel
discussions, conferences, and ceremonies. Some events contain recordings of additional participants, including theorists such
as Jürgen Habermas, Hélène Cixous, and Axel Honneth.
Safaa Fathy, filmmaker, dramatist, and poet, was born in 1958 in Minia, Egypt. She studied at the Sorbonne and received a
doctorate in theater. She has directed or co-directed six films, both fictional and documentary, including
Hidden Faces (1991),
Ghazeia, danseuses d'égypte (1993),
Maxime Rodinson: l'Athée des dieux (1996),
Le Silence (1997), and
D'ailleurs, Derrida (1999). She was a student of Jacques Derrida, and the documentary
D'ailleurs, Derrida resulted in a collaboration between Fathy and Derrida on the book
Tourner les mots: Au bord d'un film (Galilée- Arte éditions, 2000). She has also published a collection of poems titled
...Où ne pas naître (Paris-Méditerranée, 2003). Much of Fathy's poetry, written originally in Arabic, has been translated into both French and
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