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|Laborfest: Bastille Day Movies on Vietnam and France|
|Date||Monday July 14|
|Time||6:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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Roxie Theatre 3117 16th St., San Francisco (16th St BART)
This Batille Day, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the many struggles of 1968, including the Tet Offensive in Vietnam against the American imperialist invaders and the French workingclass struggles, with 2 outstanding movies:
(1) In The Year Of The Pig (103 min) 1968 By Emile de Antonio (1919-1989) Nominated for 1970 Academy Award.
Produced at the height of the American War Against Vietnam by the producer of Point of Order (Army-McCarthy hearings) and Rush to Judgment (CIA's assassination of Pres. Kennedy), this documentary chronicles the war’s historical roots. Nearly 40 years have transpired and yet the US is again involved in another imperial adventure. This historical documentary brings home the question why is the US involved in another war? In 1968, the war was about fighting “communism” and it reverberates in today’s “war against terrorism.”
(2) Blow For Blow / Coup Pour Coup (90 min) 1972 By Marin Karmitz
Marin Karmitz produced this important work in commemoration and memory of the ‘68 strike movement. It shows the organization of a strike in a French garment factory from the point of view of the actual workers. The workers are also the actors in the film and played a key role in scripting the film.The strike, which was organized and led by women workers also shows their battle for control of the union with mostly male leadership. This film was a result of the massive struggles of May, June ‘68 in France both for power against the bosses and state and for democratic control within the unions.