On an episode of The Yiddish Book Center's podcast The Shmooze, Andrea Simon discusses Art is a Weapon and how the story of Angel Wagenstein informs a larger narrative.
Art is a Weapon - Ein Film über Angel Wagenstein
Andrea Simon and Angel Wagenstein interviewed on The Day Begins with Culture (Денят започва с култура)
“The USSR had Sergei Eisenstein, Bulgaria had Angel Wagenstein. … The life and work of the 94-year-old screenwriter and novelist are wonderfully depicted in Andrea Simon’s top-notch documentary.”
“Angel Wagenstein is extremely well made. … Wagenstein himself, now in his 90s, plays a large role in the narration of the film, recounting events in a uniquely poetic and philosophical manner. In this documentary, Bulgarian history reads as a kind of microcosm of the world at large, with lessons we should all take to heart.”
"The USSR had Sergei Eisenstein, while Bulgaria had Angel Wagenstein. The life and work of the 94-year-old screenwriter and novelist is wonderfully depicted in Andrea Simon’s top notch documentary"
“Masterful … Wagenstein’s ability to see and embrace the beauty of life, despite witnessing and surviving atrocities is stunning.”
"Angel Wagenstein: Art is Weapon is highly recommended for cineastes … will definitely leave viewers wanting to see more."
“…a graceful, handsome and intelligent film."
"This is a truly stunning work on every level, from an accomplished filmmaker with a subject made for her talents."