A class of teenagers from a school outside Paris reenact scenes of strikes, resistance, and labor disputes from films from the May ‘68 era. Our Defeats assembles the results, and adds interviews in which the director queries the students about the scenes they’ve just acted in.
50 years after May ‘68, Jean-Gabriel Périot collaborated with pupils to re-enact films from this revolutionary time. This ingenious exercise becomes a launching pad for wider reflections on the legacy of leftist ideals, providing an honest insight into a new generation’s relationship with politics.
Guy Maddin, 2007, Canada
Alain Resnais, 1956, France
Dziga Vertov, 1929, Soviet Union
Chris Marker, 1983, France
Jia Zhangke, 2008, China
Stephen Kijak, 2006, United Kingdom
Steven Sebring, 2008, United States
Stuart Samuels, 2005, Canada
Agnès Varda, 2008, France
Jonathan Caouette, 2003, United States