Conversations and projections

“Last May, we took the floor like we took the Bastille in 1789,” Michel de Certeau wrote in 1968. Taking the floor also included taking pictures. Authority figures were toppled in a matter of weeks. Demonstrating, occupying places of power and appropriating space was already a way to represent the self and cast off assigned representations. Filmmakers and photographers took an active part in this visible transformation of the established order. They made and almost immediately disseminated images of the movement. Throughout the 1960s, collectives used cinema not just to document struggles but also amplify them. They glorified the workers’ combativeness, which echoed the activism of leftist groups, a stance that prompted them to get involved, go out into striking factories, meet those in struggle and share their fight. In the early 1970s, other filmmakers documented the gay and women’s movements, often using video. With researchers and witnesses, we will recall that history, when ways of making films in common were invented in opposition to professional and social hierarchies. Fifty years after the May events, photographers and filmmakers, in obviously different contexts, continue to produce images of present-day struggles that depart from the majority of those broadcast by the mainstream media. Most would undoubtedly reject the term “militant” to describe their work, but, involved in conflictual situations, they necessarily think about what their role or place could be and their relations with those around them or those with whom they cooperate. With photographers and filmmakers’ collectives at Notre-Damedes‑Landes, Bure and Calais, we will try to see what forms the ideas of commitment, collectivism and counter‑information can take today.

July 5th
Théâtre d’Arles

1968-2018, taking the floor / taking pictures

Morning: "The 1968s: images in service of the struggle"
9:45 – Reception and presentation of the day’s main events.
Opening broadcast of short film footage from May 68: Ce n'est qu'un début (Arc collective, 10 min.)

10:00-11:00 – The use of photography in May 1968.
Feedback on the exhibition "1968, what a story!" attended by curator Bernadette Caille. With another perspective provided by Guillaume Blanc, photography historian, on the involvement of photographers Jacques Windenberger and Jean Pottier during the Events.

11:00-12:00pm – The development of militant film collectives
Sébastien Layerle (film historian, author of Caméras en Lutte en Mai 68) conversation with filmmaker Alain Nahum (one of the founding member of « Cinélutte").

12:00-1:00pm– Carole Roussopoulos: feminist camera at hand
With Nicole Fernandez Ferrer (managing director of the Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir): remembering director Carole Roussopoulos and feminist film collectives.

Afternoon: “Alternative practices for making images at conflict sites”
2:30pm- Preview of Fugitif, où cours-tu?, film by Elisabeth Perceval and Nicolas Klotz (2018, Arte, 1:24).

4:00-5:30pm Conversation with E. Perceval and N. Klotz, on filming their diptych at Calais’ Jungle; L'Héroïque lande (2017) / Fugitif, où cours-tu ? (2018)
Conversation on the emblematic sites of contemporary struggles and their representation in film and photography, in the company of Caroline Zéau (documentary film historian) and photographers Elisa Larvego and Gilles Raynaldy (for their work in Calais) and Louis Matton (for his work at Notre-Dame des Landes).

5:30-6:30pm– Collective round table headed by Caroline Zéau
“Aesthetic forms / political involvement: relationships and ruptures from May 68 to today”

Friday the 6th
Full fare: 7.50€ / Reduced fare: 6€

No Intenso Agora
Projection of João Moreira Salles’ film for the workshops “1968-2018, taking the floor/ taking pictures,” proposed by Tënk.
Videofilmes Produçoes Artisticas Ltda, 2017 / Brazil / 127 min.