Radical Movies for the Dominated in the Social Field in the Post–May 1968 Era

By Romain Lecler

A specific genre of activist movies emerged following May 1968 in France. Although dominated within the field of cinema, it focused on a wide range of struggles throughout the decade. It displayed citizens that television and the movies were keeping out of sight, especially those dominated within the social field: workers, farmers, women, homosexuals, migrants, etc. It gave them a face and the right to speak up and supported and promoted their causes. Although it was deemed spontaneous and incomplete, it entailed a genuine aesthetic based in specific patterns as well as a radical style, expressing in its very form the need to mobilize.


  • activist movies
  • Mai?68
  • the 70s
  • social movements
  • domination
  • extreme left?wing
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