Omar Baig is an independent scholar who splits his time between Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, Virginia. His research interests include Ethics, Critical Animal Studies, and Speculative Realism. Baig’s areas of specialization are Post-Kantian Continental Philosophy and American and European intellectual history.
The medium of film both enjoys and is burdened by its own relation to time. A biopic has two hours or so to capture, convey, and do justice to its subject’s life. For Margarethe von Trotta, the biopic is the quintessential mode of representing “the inner-psychic worlds” of great minds amidst the controversies that defined them. Von Trotta’s latest feature, Hannah Arendt, is a pitch-perfect portrayal of one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century.