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MAY 1968

Discover the May 68 events through archive footage of Swiss Television. This selection of reports shot in France, but also in England, Belgium, Germany and Sweden, give us an insight into the rebellious spirit that spread through Europe and the world in the late 1960s, in such varied fields as education, family, sexuality or work.

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France, May 1999. The French Green Party's candidate for the European elections of May 1999 Daniel COHN-BENDIT talks about his past as an activist in France and in Germany, and about his career within the European Parliament. He also analyses the policy of the European Union towards the Kosovo crisis and the setting up of a European...

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CAVANNA takes a stand and speaks about his fight for animal rights that he shares with Brigitte BARDOT. He also stands against urban graffiti which he considers to be a nuisance, before discussing about him keeping his distance with some slogans of May 68.

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  • Broadcast date
    07/09/1983
  • Running time
    01:39:19

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Geneva, 1983. Joan Baez talks of her life spent between singing and her political commitment. From her childhood to her first steps as a singer with Bob Dylan, she speaks of her non-violent action, her commitment in universities and American civil society for the civic rights of black people and then against the Vietnam War. In 1983, her...

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Paris, 1981. This is the first in five interviews with French sociologist Edgar Morin. He defines his conception of sociology, analyzes the figure and the work of the intellectual, revisits his anticipation of the major cultural crisis that crystallized in May 1968. He also analyzes the rumor phenomenon in his book "La rumeur d'Orléans"....

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France, 1976. Emblematic conflict of the after May 68, the LIP affair symbolizes the refusal of workers and salaried employees to be affected by the repercussion of the financial difficultiers of their company by the ownership of means of production through self-management. Charles PIAGET, the man that symbolized the refusal of the workers to...

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Paris : January 1972. Portrait of the French satirical and humour newspaper Hara-Kiri, dedicated to the motto "Mean and Nasty", which is written with the same acerbic humour of its founders, François CAVANNA and Le Professeur CHORON. The greater freedom of expression of this newspaper caused several publication bans. In spite of them,...

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Paris, 1968. Following the events of May 1968 and after the dissolution of the French National Assembly by General DE GAULLE, several candidates campaigned for the first round of the legislative elections in order to become the new deputies of the National Assembly. In Saumur and Chateauroux, several politicians, including Charles Hernu, spoke...

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The writer François MAURIAC expressed support for Charles DE GAULLE after his decision to stay in power. Daniel COHN-BENDIT, student leader, urges the Renault workers to continue striking.

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This report shot in Paris in May 68 takes us with Daniel Cohn-Bendit and his fellow students into the heart of the protest movement against the French government, initiated by students and followed by striking workers at Renault. The students organize rallies, meet teachers and workers, proposing to them radical changes for a new society. The...

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Berlin, 1968. How did German students live the rebellious movement that spread throughout Europe in the 1960s? Considered by some as extremists, young people demonstrated in front of the press mogul Caesar ALEX SPRINGER. As students condemned him for delivering a conservative and frozen vision of the world in his newspapers , ALEX SPRINGER...

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Antwerp, Wallonia, Belgium, 1968. The difficult economic situation in Wallonia upsets the fragile balance between Flamands and Walloons. Tensions are  surfacing more intensely through students protests, as the latter refuse the paralysis of the Belgian people complelled to choose between European integration, separatism and the status quo....

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This survey is an overlook of the economic, political and social crisis that overcame England in the 1960s through the portraits of students and young workers. How were the events analyzed by intellectuals, trade unionists and journalists belonging to different sides of the political spectrum?

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Amsterdam, 1966. This rerport portrays members of the protest movement of the Provos, an alternative and provocative movement at the frontiers of art and politics. Defining what would later be coined as Agitprop, the Provos tries through leaflets, happenings and demonstrations, to bring new values to what they considered a a stiff and...

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In Sweden, sexual freedom and contraception are taught from an early age under the responsibility of the National League for Sexual Education. This report gives a voice to Swedish youth, through interviews with teenagers expressing their voiews on love and sexual relationships.

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