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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Octobre - Documentary: The Assembly (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 8 Nov 2017 10:34:52 +0200

A year later, how to speak of Nuit debout ? The 18 of October in the cinemas came out The Assembly, a documentary of Mariana Otero who intends to testify of which it was Night standing in the capital. The film, chronological, begins with the first major occupations of the Republic Square and ends with the slow extinction of the movement, three months later, and it tries to capture all the diversity of what this experience could be. ---- Its first strength is to blow up all the obvious reductions in the movement, because, as the filmed participants say, Nuit debout is sometimes the people who are here tonight to vote, sometimes the front of a demonstration. wild, for some a constituent process and citizen, for others an elusive unity, or also a tool, even a state of mind.

What the documentary reveals is, in fact, above all a set of contradictions, and it is remarkable in this respect: a contradiction between enthusiasm to substantially change social relations and the formalism of much of the debate, infinite deliberation on the very modes of deliberation ; contradiction between the aspiration to collective work in peace and friendship and the violence of police repression ; contradiction finally between the universality of the claimed inclusion - to leave the word to everyone, especially to those to whom it is never given - and the particularity of the social position of the majority of night-stand-ups (peculiarity exaggerated, undoubtedly involuntarily, by the poster of the film, in which only whites appear).

In the commissions, in the debates, these contradictions are everywhere visible, and sometimes even reflected and explained. The other strength of the work of Mariana Otero and her team is also to say many things by the senior administrator.

There is a lot of debate in Nuit debout à Paris, and that is where the camera turns, allowing a meeting between the two assemblies, a demonstration under the gas, the police arbitrariness and a few blows of the baton, the strikers too, which we are talking about. many times but rarely seen, as if all this was at the margin. Without being quite a bubble, Night standing went next [1]. By what he shows directly as well as by the gaps he leaves, the film reproduces with a certain fidelity what was at the heart of the movement.

Marco (AL 92)

Marianne Otero, The Assembly, 99 minutes.

[1] We can take a good look at Medialien's documentary on Nuit debout, which made the opposite choice to focus on the margins of the phenomenon.

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