Past Event

Film Screening of LIP: Imagination in Power

October 23, 2023
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Buell Hall, 515 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 East Gallery

A Film by Christian Rouad, 2007, 118 min. In French with English subtitles
Film screening and discussion with Etienne Balibar and Bernard Harcourt


This documentary interviews workers who led the most emblematic strike of 1968 at the LIP factory in Besançon. This was an amazing struggle that lasted for several years, mobilized enormous crowds in France and Europe, used illegal tactics but without falling into violence, and pushed the imagination about democracy to new heights. Portraits of individuals, a collective history, interweaving stories help viewers understand why this strike carried hopes and dreams for a whole generation. 

Click here to watch the trailer

Etienne Balibar is Professor Emeritus of moral and political philosophy at Université de Paris X – Nanterre and Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He has been a regular visiting professor at Columbia University in recent years. He has published widely in the areas of epistemology, Marxist philosophy, and moral and political philosophy in general. 

Bernard E. Harcourt is Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University. He is also directeur d'études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

This event is co-sponsored by the Maison Française and Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought

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Maison Francaise