The revolt that broke out across the world in 1968 (see » Rudi Dutschke and the German student movement in 1968) had a huge impact on culture. This major season explores the effect the events of 1968 had on culture, politics and thought, and their legacy in cinema, visual art, literature, music and activism.
The seasons events will be hosted at various venues mainly in London, though there are also events in Glasgow, Leeds and Bristol.
There are a number of great films, including Angela Davis: Portrait of a Revolutionary, a documentary about the politics of the black US activist showing at the Curzon Soho in London this Saturday 3 May.
The Italian film The Working Class Goes To Heaven will be screened at the Italian Cultural Institute in London on 8 May.
Gianmaria Volonte, one of the most important actors of Italian political cinema, plays Lula Massa, a pieceworker with no political awareness.
But an accident at work changes his life and he discovers the solidarity of his workmates during a strike.
If, Lindsay Anderson’s classic film, starring Malcolm McDowell, about a revolution in a British public school, will be screened at the Renoir Cinema in London on 25 May.
The season shows different strands of cinema from 1968, including Alain Tanner and John Berger’s fictional Salamander, the Latin American national liberation documentary, Hour of the Furnaces and Theorem by Pier Paolo Pasolini.
A number of exhibitions and political events are also part of the season, including the major conference 1968 and All That at Conway Hall in London on Saturday 10 May (see » Meetings and events).
Participants of the 1968 events such as Chris Harman, Astrid Proll and Alain Krivine will be speaking.
All Power to the Imagination: 1968 and its legacies
Various venues across Britain
Until 10 June
Go to» www.1968.org.uk
A new book by Paul O’Brien