Class of Struggle

Directed by Chris Marker | Written by Chris Marker
Picking up in Besançon a year after the events depicted in À BIENTÔT J'ESPÈRE, the film focuses on agitation by workers at the Yema Watch Factory, particularly the efforts of one recently radicalized worker, Suzanne Zedet.
 
Zedet describes her political activity, and the punishments issued in response by the factory management. She also articulates the radical scope of her and her fellow workers' demands, which go beyond higher wages and better benefits, and reflect a desire to reorganize the country's economy and social order.
 
One of those demands is access to culture and to the tools of cultural production. The film itself is one attempt to meet this demand, and we see the workers editing and developing film under a banner that reads: "Cinema is not magic; it is a technique and a science, a technique born from science and put in service of a will: the will of workers to liberate themselves."
 

"One of the finest examples of the politically engaged French documentary cinema of the late Sixties. " —Sam DiIorio, Film Comment


Class of Struggle (1969)
37 min, Documentary, France

Available on home release October 7
US Distribution: Icarus Films

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
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