Hannah Arendt (2012)

Imdb rating - 7.2                Rotten Tomatoes - 88%

The film tells true story of the life of Hannah Arendt, a Jewish German-American political-theorist and psychologist, after the second World War.

The plot focuses on her response to the 1961 trail of Adolf Eichmann, the man responsible for designing the Nazi concentration and extermination camps, which she covered in The New Yorker. Her article caused a huge amount of controversy due to her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish Councils and especially for the introduction of Arendt's now famous concept of the "banality of evil."

Many accused her of defending Eichmann with this concept and betraying her Jewish heritage. She says these people have not read nor understood her work. She explains it is a new type of crime. Eichmann claims he executed his orders by creating the extermination camps, but never actually killed anyone himself. A man, Eichmann, was on trial, not an ideology but Eichmann "renounced the qualities of personhood, thus showing that great evil is committed by 'nobodies' without motives or intentions" and this is what she called "the banality of evil".

From a psychological and historical point of view, this film really is a must-see. That part of history can tend to be over-documented, but this offers a more rare variation and insight of the post-WW2 era.