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Screen/Society--"The Assembly Line" (Mathias Gokalp, 2023) | 2024 French Film Festival

Still from The Assembly Line
Friday, February 09, 2024
7:00 pm
Introduced by Prof. Donald Reid (UNC History Department); Q&A to follow with Prof. Reid and Prof. Michael Hardt (Duke Literature Program)

(Mathias Gokalp, 2023, 117 min, France, French w/English subtitles, DCP)

Screening as part of the 2024 French Film Festival
Jan 26 - Feb 10, 2024

In May 1968, the largest general strikes ever seen halted the labor of two-thirds of France's workforce. Set on the heels of that upheaval, Robert (Swann Arlaud), an academic and far-left activist, takes a job as a car factory line worker, aiming to infiltrate the factory and rekindle the revolutionary fire - but the majority of workers are tired of political struggles. When the company demands extra work by all employees without compensation, Robert sees the opportunity to ignite a social movement.

"Gokalp finally has the judicious intuition not only to illuminate the reality of a distant and bygone era, but also that of our time." - Les Inrockuptibles

Contact: Hank Okazaki