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Dear,

On the occassion of the publication of the latest Casopis za kritiko
znanosti, domisljijo in novo antropologijo (published by SOU
Studentska zalozba), D-Day 10 presents the triple bill titled ARMED
UTOPIA, looking back on the urban guerilla and the armed struggle of
the late seventies.

At 6pm we present Loredana Bianconi's DO YOU REMEMBER REVOLUTION. 
For this documentary Bianconi interviewed at length four women who
actively participated in the Leftist Armed Struggle in the Italy of
the seventies. (More info: below)

At 8.30pm: a panel discussion (in Slovene) on the radical left, titled: 
RAZOROZENE UTOPIJE, IZGUBLJENE ILUZIJE - USODA RADIKALNE
LEVICE. Participants: Borut Brumen, Goran Ivanovic, Igor Luksic,
Andrej Kurnik, Jana Rosker, Darij Zadnikar.

At 10 pm: the legendary 1978-movie DEUTSCHLAND IM HERBST. 
GERMANY IN AUTUMN is the collective response by the representatives of
the New German Cinema (a.o. Kluge, Fassbinder, Schlöndorff and Reitz)
to the governmental "official version" of a Germany in deep political
crisis.  (More info: below).

Hope to see you on Thursday in Slovenska kinoteka.

Best regards,
Koen Van Daele
programme curator & coordinator 

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D-Day 10: Dan za dokumentarec
April 15, 1999
Slovenska kinoteka, Ljubljana

AT 6 pm:
DO YOU REMEMBER REVOLUTION
Dir.: Loredana Bianconi; phot. & cam.: Alain Marcoen; sound: Thierry
de Halleux; editing: Karine Pourtaud; sound mix: Thierry de Halleux
& Michel Goossen; producer: Veronique Marit; executive prod.:
Jean-Pierre Dardenne; prod.: DERIVES; coprod.: ZDF, Wallonie Image
Production, RTBF Liege; with the support of: Fonds Televisuel de la
Communaute Francaise de Belgique et de la Region Wallone 
116 minutes, colour, video, 1997.
(Italian spoken - English subtitles)

"In Italy, in the mid-seventies, Adriana, Barbara, Nadia and Susanna
were 20 years old when they decided to join the armed struggle and
leave behind their social life and their families in order to make the
revolution the centre and the aim of their existence.Today they
reappear, after many years in prison, and they try, each of them, to
recount their own experiences. They speak about the political reasons
which initially sustained them, the conflicts, the doubts, and the
moments of being torn apart, which marked out their lives as women
caught up in the vortex of war. A course of events which ended in the
condemnation of the armed struggle and the pain of the lives that were
destroyed - their victims' lives and their own." (Bianconi)

In her documentary DO YOU REMEMBER REVOLUTION, the Italian director
Loredana Bianconi interviewed at length four women who actively
participated in the Leftist Armed Struggle in the Italy of the 70ies.
All of them were leading figures in the Red Brigades. One of them,
Susanna, left the Brigades in '75 to found Prima Linea. Bianconi
opens her poignant film with a personal note, recalling the
revolutionary years: "We participated in the same revolt. Utopia
invaded the streets. (...)" Then she cuts to archival images shot by
Italian State TV. We see the four protagonists at their trial.
Bianconi stripped the images of their incriminating sound-track.
It's clear. She has no intention to judge their actions, nor their
lives. Instead she has decided to listen. So for the rest of the film
she will stay manifestly absent. Consequently we hear no sensational
-- and very few anecdotal -- aspects of these women's revolutionary
lives. Instead, we listen to answers on questions no judge ever
asked them. Answers on questions they were dealing with,
individually, for many years. They evoke the Italy of the beginning
of the 70ies, in the aftermath of 68. The times of serious social
unrest and rebellion. The days of the class-struggle, of the fight
against Capital, of the workers and student-demonstrations, of the
anti-fascist movement, of the proletarian counter-power. The years
of the IRA and ETA, of Angola, Vietnam, and Chile, of Che and Mao. In
short: the days of the events that marked a whole generation. Then,
Barbara, Nadia, Adriana and Susanna talk about their decision to
join the armed struggle. A decision that was all-demanding. A radical
choice that required not only giving up most of what they had, but
also put at risk their very existence. They bring up issues they
simply could not afford to talk about while living in clandestinity,
in the "eternal present". They talk about the use of violence.
Although the political discourse on the issue was crystal-clear,
there's a huge difference between consenting with a strategy, and
actually carrying out that strategy. As Susanna points out: politics
can demand and justify actions, which are not necessarily ethically
justified. Urban guerrilla required that the border between politics
and morality remained closed. As a matter of self-defence. They talk
about the mistakes, the crisis of the movement, their imprisonment,
their pain. Do You Remember Revolution shows us how four exceptional
women look back at their common cause. This is not a mythic,
sloganesque, nor apologetic discourse, but a personal one. We hear
four different ways of remembering, and living with, a common past.
A past which today, everybody tells us to renounce, to reject, to
forget. Loredana Bianconi, and the four women in her film, remind us
to have the courage to remember. (kvd)

At 8.30 pm:
RAZOROZENE UTOPIJE, IZGUBLJENE ILUZIJE - 
USODA RADIKALNE LEVICE
panel discussion (in Slovene)
Participants: Borut Brumen, Goran Ivanovic, Igor Luksic, Andrej
Kurnik, Jana Rosker, Darij Zadnikar.

At 10 pm:
DEUTSCHLAND IM HERBST (Germany in Autumn)
Dir.: Heinrich Böll, Alf Brustellin, Hans Peter Cloos, Rainer Werner
Fassbinder, Alexander Kluge, Maximiliane Mainka, Beate
Mainka-Jellinghaus, Edgar Reitz, Katja Rupé, Volker Schlöndorff,
Peter Schubert, Bernhard Sinkel, Peter Steinbach; phot.: Michael
Ballhaus, Jürgen Jürges, Bodo Kessler, Dietrich Lohmann, Colin
Nounier, Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein; editors: Heidi Genée, Mulle
Götz-Dickopp, Tanja Schmidbauer, Christian Warnck; featuring:
Wolfgang Baechler, Heinz Bennent, Wolf Biermann, Joachim Bissmeyer,
Caroline Chaniolleau, H.P. Cloos, Otto Friebel, Hildegard Friese,
Michael Gahr, Vadim Glowna, Helmut Griern, Horatius Haeberle,
Hannelore Hoger, Petra Kiener, Dieter Laser, Horst Mahler, Lisi
Mangold, Eva Meier, Enno Patalas, Franz Priegel, Werner Poosardt,
Leon Rainer, K. Rupé, Walter Schmiedinger, Gerhard Schneider,
Corinna Spies, Eric Vilgertshofer, Franziska Walser, Angela Winkler,
Manfred Zapatka, Kollektiv "Rote Rübe"; prod.: Theo Hinz, Eberhard
Junkersdorf; coprod.: Pro-jekt Filmproduktion im Filmverlag der
Autoren, Hallelujah-Film, Kairos-Film. 
1978, 116 min., col., 35mm - 1:1,37.
(German spoken, simult. translation into Slovene)

Germany, Autumn 1977. The kidnapping and assassination of a German
industrialist and former Nazi official by the RAF. The subsequent
"mysterious" deaths of 3 members of the Baader-Meinhof group in
Stammheim prison. The emergence of the police-state with its extreme
repressive measures, such as news black-outs and the witch-hunt of
leftist sympathisers,. A country in a deep political crisis. The
desire for a deeper historical understanding of Germany's repressed
past became overwhelming, since all these events resonated with
memories of the psychological terrorism of the Hitler regime. A
number of film-directors associated with the New German Cinema (such
as Kluge, Fassbinder, Schlöndorff, and Reitz) collaborated to produce
a film that would be both a chronicle and commentary of the German
autumn. Their collective film Deutschland im Herbst was a means of
answering the government's "official" version of events with an
alternative perspective. The 15 to 30 minutes contributions by
individual film-makers are not individually identified, even though
the final look of the film clearly carries the signatures of
Alexander Kluge and his editor, Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus. On its
surface, the film imitates the structure of a TV programme, with a
mixture of documentary shots, interviews, and fictional scenes. But
it shows images, tells stories, and provides perspectives that would
not have been possible on German TV. Fassbinder discusses with his
mother the value of "democracy". Kluge's history teacher digs with
her spade for the roots of German history. Heinrich Böll wrote a
sketch about the upended Antigone. In a Hollywood-style parody Katja
Rupé and Hans Peter Cloos sketch the fear of terrorists and the
general paranoia of those days. In Deutschland im Herbst the New
German Cinema articulated itself as a group, unified not by style but
by an oppositional political stance. In discussing the goals of their
undertaking, the directors emphasized that they had not tried to
present a unified theory to account for terrorism. "Something
seemingly simpler roused us: the general German amnesia. For two
hours of film, we try to retain memory". And they voiced their
specific determination: "We want to deal with the images of our
country". More images of their country would follow. Just think of
HEIMAT (Reitz); DIE BLECHTROMMEL (Schlöndorff); Kluge's DIE PATRIOTIN 
; Fassbinder's trilogy DIE EHE DER MARIA BRAUN - LOLA and
DIE SEHNSUCHT DER VERONIKA VOSS; and his BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ;.. 

More on GERMANY IN AUTUMN @: 
http://www.lainet.com/world/germany_in_autumn.htm
("The strongest is a 30-minute sequence directed by and starring 
Fassbinder... viciously probing the contradiction of personal and 
political, of fiction and non-fiction." --Amy Taubin, Soho Weekly 
News; "An outcry against hysteria, hypocrisy, and inhumanity." 
--Variety)
or @:
http://home.t-online.de/home/futura_filmverlag/herbst.htm

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SLOVENSKA KINOTEKA.

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ZNANOSTI, DOMISLJIJO IN NOVO ANTROPOLOGIJO and SOU - STUDENTSKA
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