Tënk presents ECHOES OF MAY – a selection of five films that commemorates the legacy of May 68

As the month of May is ending, Tënk commemorates the legacy of May 68 by presenting Echoes of May, a selection of five films inviting us to revisit this major political crisis that shook up France. While 1968 was a pivotal year in many countries, this week’s programming is a spotlight on France and the barricades in the heart of Paris, which were indelibly engraved in the global political imagination. Through the voices of the working class, student groups, and women’s movements, Tënk opens a time portal taking us directly in the midst of the confrontations.

This week is also the beginning of the monthly programming cycle Conversations françaises, in partnership with the Centre d’art et d’essai de la Cinémathèque québécoise and the Consulat général de France à Québec. The cycle starts today with the latest from French documentary filmmaker Claire Simon, The Grocer’s Son, the Mayor, the Village and the World (RIDM 2020), which depicts the launch of the Tënk adventure in France!

This week’s new releases, to be discovered on the platform from May 28 to July 24:

●● The Revolution is Only A Beginning. Let’s Continue Fighting.by Pierre Clémenti, 22 min, 1968

Psychedelic manifesto for permanent revolution.

●● Class of Struggle by Groupe Medvedkine de Besançon, 40 min, 1969

The first film made by the workers of the Medvedkine Group. It follows the militant actions of a politicized female worker.

●● May 68, A Fine Piece of Workby Jean-Luc Magneron, 117 min, 1969

Shot during the Paris events of May 68, this film sheds a new light on this social revolution using powerful testimonies from citizens and celebrities.


●● Y’a qu’à pas baiser ! by Carole Roussopoulos, 17 min, 1973

The state of the practice of abortion in France in the 1970s, accomplished when it was neither authorized nor legal.

●● May Days (Grands soirs et petits matins) by William Klein, 97 min, 1978

Camera in hand, William Klein films one of the most vigorous moments of political contestation of the 20th century in France. (*Only available in French)


●● The Grocer’s Son, the Mayor, the Village and the Worldby Claire Simon, 111 min, 2020

In a small French village, among vineyards and farmers, a group has come together to launch a documentary streaming platform on the Internet.

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