Since the death of Christopher Hitchens in December of 2011, I have anticipated some kind of cinematic retrospective regarding the life of a man who was one of the great intellectual lights of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Certainly there have been tributes and brief snapshots highlighting his spoken word, writings and debates on YouTube and elsewhere, but nothing which attempts to comprehensively represent at least in brief the fulsome cornucopia Hitchens brought to humankind.
Amateur documentarian Kristoffer Hellesmark apparently felt this absence as keenly as I have, and he actually did something about it. The result is "The Hitch," an 82-minute record, which attempts to convey an understanding of who Christopher Hitchens was in his own words. It involves not just his well-known attitudes about religion, but his involvement with the far left and his controversial take on Saddam Hussein and the Iraq War, among other issues.
Hellesmark's work is wonderfully well done if briefer than I would wish, and I commend it to your attention. If you wish to forward your appreciation to him directly (as I am considering doing at this moment!), his email is: email@example.com. I also want to offer my thanks to Mavis Benfield, who originally posted this video on her status.