Where were your revolutionaries, Karl?

PHILOSOPHY: The documentary Passion - Between Revolt and Resignation reflects on man's willingness to engage in his time and to revolt.

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Published: 2019-12-23
Passion - Between Revolt and Resignation

Christian Labhart (Switzerland)

"I was absolutely sure of one thing: We should never be like our parents." Christian Labhart looking back, to 1968 and the city of Zurich he grew up in, at a time when the waves of the sixties countercultural revolution reached Switzerland. It's a personal story the filmmaker tells in Passion - Between Revolt and Resignation which had its world premiere during the documentary film Visions du Reel in Nyon earlier this year. The diary-like documentary lasts for decades and reflects on the political earthquakes that have shaken the world during Labhart's lifetime. At the same time, he announces a varying form curve in his own community engagement, his activism and his vision of a more just world order.

The documentary is very personal, but also offers a review of recurring events - from Chernobyl accident to Berlin Wall fall and 9/11 in New York - which has led to a new world understanding. And what happens when rebellious young people grow up and see their parents' faces, which they rebelled against, look back at them from the mirror, and their youth's belief in change has not manifested itself in changes around them?

Disasters and riots

When he was young, the newly liberated left-wing Labhart applied for teaching jobs, realizing his fascination for anti-authoritarian teaching methods. Together with six others, he also ran a farm collective for a period, and we get some glimpses of him demonstrating against nuclear power in 1977. His description of himself and his idealistic youth - a young man in hand-knit sweater and with Birkenstock sandals, who all the other like-minded protesters - are full of both self-irony and nostalgia. But reality did not keep up with their dreams. As he says, "We shared the utopia about a classless society, but never agreed on how to realize it." Baader-Meinhof the militant and violent actions of the group; the weaknesses of the communist ideology that emerged Berlin Wall fell; radioactivity that…

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