A season of films in partnership with the BFI and the Independent Cinema Office, exploring the social impact and legacy that the year 1968 had on cinema.
Uprising! The Spirit of ’68: 1968 somehow managed to cram a decade’s worth of news into one year, from the Prague spring to the Paris riots, from the Tet Offensive to the killings of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. The UK saw student protests flare up on campuses across the country and rising tension in the wake of Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, while in June a machinist’s strike at Dagenham’s Ford plant heralded a burgeoning women’s movement and paved the way for the Equal Pay Act. Uprising is a UK-wide programme of screenings and events exploring cinema and the legacy of 1968, joining the dots between that period and our own turbulent times.
Revolt, She Said: This short season within Uprising reflects on the volcanic change following the events of May 1968, sharing intersectional, queer and feminist stories of revolution. These stories are inspiring and disquieting to this day. One hundred years since the first women got the vote in the UK, fifty years since the protests of May ’68, where is the feminist revolution now?