January 14, 2003
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Amy Ziering Kofman, a 1984 graduate of Amherst College, will present "Derrida" (2002), the acclaimed film about the influential French deconstructionist that she produced and co-directed with Kirby Dick, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 in Stirn Auditorium at Amherst. The film and a talk with the filmmaker to follow are free and open to the public.

Amy Ziering Kofman, an English major at Amherst, studied with Derrida as a graduate student in comparative literature at Yale University. She also produced the documentary "Taylor's Campaign" (1998), a film about homelessness in Santa Monica. Kirby Dick is a documentary filmmaker whose works include "Chain Camera" (2001) and "Sick: The Life and Times of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist" (1997).

Elvis Mitchell in The New York Times wrote of "Derrida," "The directors know that Mr. Derrida must be introduced to neophytes, who will not have a firm grasp of deconstruction until they see how it is woven into the fabric of the film." "Derrida" was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and winner of the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

The Amherst College showing is sponsored by the English Department and the University of Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival.