On the notion of the political in postmarxist theory.

Screenings

08.12.2011
Samuel Beckett's "Quad II" and "The Ghost Trio"
Repeating, exhausting

07.11.2010
Remembering Kronstadt
Maggots and Men

05.10.2010
Politics, poetics and popular education in Brazilian cinema
'Stronger are the powers of the people' III

04.10.2010
Politics, poetics and popular education in Brazilian cinema
'Stronger are the powers of the people' II

04.03.2010
Fassbinder's own private Nietzsche
Satan's brew

04.02.2010
A comme animal
Abécédaire

01.09.2009
Portray of a precarious survival
Screening Dardenne's Rosetta

09.04.2009
Screening of a film by Claire Denis
The Intruder

06.05.2008
The cool despair of young creatives. Discussion with the filmmaker S. Geene
After effect

06.03.2008
Screening + Discussion with the filmmaker Angela Melitopoulos
The cell - Toni Negri and the prison

04.03.2008
Happiness (1934) by Aleksandr Medvedkin + Cine-Train excerpts (Medvedkin and others)
The body of the worker as paradoxical machine and teaching aid

08.02.2008
Workers' autonomy in the Veneto in the 1960s and 70s
Porto Marghera: the last firebrands

05.02.2008
Politics of montage
Kuhle Wampe

06.12.2007
Video seminar with S. Dillemuth
A visual genealogy of bohemia

05.12.2007
Remembering Fassbinder
Politics of Bohemia

04.12.2007
Adam Curtis' documentary on consumerist subjectivity
The century of the self

30.06.2007
A selection of movies presented by Tsila Hassine
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict

30.05.2007
A movie by Peter Watkins
La Commune. Paris 1871 Part II

29.05.2007
A movie by Peter Watkins
La Commune. Paris 1871 Part I

08.03.2007
Winterbottom and Whitecross's image of exception
Road to Guantanamo

Workers' autonomy in the Veneto in the 1960s and 70s
Porto Marghera: the last firebrands

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A film about petrochemical workers who took matters into their own hands in the giant industrial zone engulfing Venice. The mass refusal of literally toxic work forced hours on the job down at the same time as driving wages up. The labour hierarchy that sets white collar against blue, permanent against casual, was attacked by workers insisting on the maximum for everyone. The battle in the factory was linked to working-class life outside through direct appropriation of basic social needs (electricity, housing, food).

More clearly than any before them, the Porto Marghera workers identified the factory as the trigger of fatal diseases and destroyer of life. They remained on the offensive against the concerted hostility of unions, multinational employers and state from the late 1960s until well into the '70s. As part of an international wave of struggle, their actions contributed to a global accumulation crisis, provoking the capitalist counter-attack which has never ceased since then.

Unlike most more or less academic accounts of Italian Operaismo, which tend to focus on high-profile groups and individual leaders, Porto Marghera – gli ultimi fuochi (Manuela Pellarin, Italy, 2004) documents autonomous worker organization from the point of view of the worker-activists themselves, who talk about their experiences in the film. Many aspects and problems of this phase of class struggle are of immediate relevance today.

The Porto Marghera workers fought for better conditions within their work and at the same time against the damaging impact the chemical industry and of work itself. They defended their health-damaging jobs, yet did so from a deeply critical perspective, at a time when a middle-class moralizing green movement did not exist.

They developed independent organizational forms within the existing struggles of the time. This meant reassessing the relationships between the workers' mobilizations and their own role as active workers;the factory and the wider social terrain; workers' struggles, new forms of union representation and 'professional' political groups like Potere Operaio; and between mass movement, armed insurrectionist groups and state repression.

Director: Manuela Pellarin 60 min I 2004