In our latest episode, we talk with filmmaker David Martinez about his film featuring sociologist and leftist thinker Immanuel Wallerstein.
Immanuel Wallerstein passed away in 2019, but is best known for his development of an approach in sociology called World Systems Analysis.
His influence was particularly strong in the Global South, in fact the story goes that half of the guests at his wedding were later assassinated. There is also a building named for him in Chiapas, and he once sat on a panel with Subcomandante Marcos. He was also a main influence on Abdullah Ojalan and the Kurdish movement’s recent shift to the more libertarian left. In short, he was much more than an academic, but someone who tried to use his intellectual work to change the world.
David Martinez is a filmmaker, writer, and teacher originally from San Antonio, Texas, now living in San Francisco. He’s also the co-host of the Hammer and Tongs podcast (https://bit.ly/2BYRb6k).