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Uprising: The Spirit of ’68

May 2018

The revolution will be projected! A season of films embodying the defiant, outspoken spirit of ’68.

Introduction by season programmer David Edgar

Uprising: The Spirit of ‘68


“Be realistic: demand the impossible!”
May ’68 slogan

Fifty years ago, in May 1968, anti-establishment protests brought France to a standstill. At the same time, anti-Vietnam protests, the civil rights movement, decolonisation struggles and the sexual revolution raged across the world. Cameras captured events on the streets as they unfolded. European auteurs like Godard and Pasolini made challenging, mischievous films that attacked bourgeois values. African and Latin American filmmakers rejected colonial power and tradition, and generated bold new cinematic styles. The provocative and innovative films in this season are smart and earnest, yet often very playful and occasionally a little bonkers. More than anything, they demonstrate the ability of film to challenge the way we think and live our lives. They show us the power cinema has to change the world.

Presented in collaboration with King’s College London. See 1968.kcl.ac.uk for details of further May 1968 related activities.


See our screenings of Redoubtable, and Future Film recommends.

Uprising: The Spirit of '68 continues throughout the summer with '68-inspired screenings and events popping up across the UK, presented by the BFI Film Audience Network. For more details and information on mounting your own Uprising screening, go to SpiritOf68.org.uk.

The Long '68

The Long '68 by Richard Vinen: A major new history of one of the seminal years in the postwar world, when rebellion and disaffection broke out on an extraordinary scale.


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