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1968 – 2018 – the dream lives on

Looking back at 1968 during this year's International Documentary Festival in Thessaloniki.

(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)

The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival marks the 50th anniversary of 1968, the year in which a series of uprisings, protests and more extensive demonstrations around the world culminated and contributed to a signal of the special character of the period. For example, in May, students and workers in France came together for a general strike involving up to 10 million workers. And the Americans – even with the world's most powerful war machine – eventually had to give up the occupation of Vietnam following the Vietcong Têt offensive in 1968.

As representatives of the victors, Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill had divided the world between themselves at the Yalta conference in February 1945. The collection of documentaries at the festival shows how the world order that had supported authoritarian regimes two decades later broke. The desire of social forces for self-liberation inspired mutually across continents: from the student revolt in Poland and Yugoslavia, the "Spring in Prague" in Czechoslovakia, to the anti-war demonstrations and anti-authoritarian mobilizations in West Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States to the emergence of the black civil rights movement in the United States. , the start of the women's uprising in North America, West Germany and the UK, the student uprising in Mexico, the young Japanese struggles and we saw you. Together, the incidents were an expression of what has been called the law of the uneven and combined development.

In 2018, 1968 appears as a kind of correction after an initial stabilization of international relations after two imperialist world wars.

The festival. . .

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Niels Johan Nielsen
Juhl-Nielsen resides in Copenhagen.

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