[Brooklyn, New York] : [Distributed by] Icarus Films, 
Video — 1 streaming video file (189 min.) : digital, sound, color
In 1942 Martin Heidegger delivered a series of lectures on Friedrich Hölderlin's poem The Ister, lectures in which he addressed the political, cultural and military chaos facing Germany at that time. In this film, on a journey from the mouth of the Danube in Romania to its source in the Black Forest, three French philosophers, Bernard Stiegler, Jean-Luc Nancy, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, and the German filmmaker Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, ponder Heidegger's philosophical ideas about technology, time, mortality, memory and history, and consider how they relate to today's Europe.
Eric Bentley -- historian, playwright, drama critic, and leading Brecht scholar -- introduces scenes from his translation of Berlolt Brecht's play-with-songs "Mann ist mann." Bentley also speaks of Brecht's ideas and theater devices, the origins of his political passions in post- World War One Europe, his failure to attract American audiences in the 1930's and his remarkable success later.