The gift of encountering a rigorous intellect is rare. By many accounts, Hannah Arendt—the political philosopher—is one the most brilliant minds of the 20th Century. A number of criticisms of Hannah Arendt—the film— by German auteur Margarethe von Trotta, reignites 50 year-old rancor over her ideas. What is most troubling or inspiring to detractors and proponents alike, is the same reason you should see this film: Arendt’s complete disregard of the patriarchal demand for overtly emotional revelations by women on subjects dominated by men and historical tragedies largely mobilized by men. Hannah Arendt was a genius. She possessed the rare ability to render the rending, comprehensible, namely in writing about what she called the “banality of evil” – the manner in which so-called evil-doers may not be conveniently tethered to ideas of right and wrong, but more so why and how. As a writer, a woman, a thinker and an immigrant, I have a major affinity towards Arendt and am proud to say so. At the very least when you watch this biopic you will realize that when a woman thinks, she is not divorcing herself from emotion, but amplifying her humanity in order for you, the reader, to truly understand something.