93% and philosophy

Professors: Wolfram Hogrebe, Maciek Kaniowski 
and "Marek Siemek" (Stanisław Elsner-Załuski)

According to some psychologist studies 93% of our communication is not word based.  Bad news since a film about a philosopher and his way of looking at the world has to be based on words.  Or does it? 

The hero of "Aufhebung" is a champion of reason philosophically expressing itself first through words.  The "second" expression of philosophy",  the true destination of Siemek's thinking, is society.  

How to maneuver between the two expressions?

Showing the interaction between the social and the philosophical can push he project to become educational.  Presenting concepts alone can turn it into a lecture.  Having a bunch of people talk about idiosyncrasies of the hero seems a cheap way out.  And on top of it all there is the specter of "93%" which means that even if there is plenty of talk, it's not the talk itself that makes or breaks scenes, sequences and the project itself. 

The present version of the film runs 90 minutes. Recently I cut it down from 2,5 hours. There are talking heads and staged segments.  There are emotions and ideas.  Balancing between them is the key challenge of this stage of the production.    



Michel Houllebecq in Paris Review:

"Look, the Enlightenment is dead, may it rest in peace"

A very unnerving thought.   


No grievances

"He preferred to seize opportunities rather than to nurse grievances." Writes David Remnick in "Havel in Jerusalem" (in December 2014 issue of the New Yorker)

The phrase reaches out to me probably largely because I had a privilege of conducting one video interview with Havel and got a glimpse of his ways. From our short interaction I sensed his openness, gentleness, curiosity, honesty and a certain firmness. That's why when reading about Havel I have in my mind an image of a real person, which greatly enhances the written remarks. 

I'd like to set the "no grievances" phrase as my New Year Resolution.