Can you imagine interviewing “revolutionaries” around the world about the most salient uprisings of our time? That’s what filmmaker Hugo Latulippe did, spanning the years from 1989, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, to 2015. The exhibition, 25X la Révolt, at the Museé de la Civilisation in Quebec City took my breath away. Looking into the eyes of activists who are “foreshadowing a new cycle” in the current history of politicians, I felt the power that we, citizens of the Earth, must use to preserve our collective freedoms.
What can an artist do to project a social movement that’s exploded over three decades? Latulippe chose students, feminists, journalists, eye witnesses, politicians, and more to portray riveting moments in time:
- Tiananmen Square Demonstrations Beijing, China April 15 – June 4, 1989, Shen Tong, student leader
- Earth Summit Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 3-14, 1992, David Suzuki, environmental activist
- Zapatista uprising Chiapas, Mexico January 1, 1994, Laura Castellanos, investigative journalist
- First Free Elections in South Africa Johannesburg April 27, 1994, Jay Naidoo, political leader
- March of Bread and Roses Quebec May 26 -June 4, 1995, Françoise David, feminist leader
- Dismantling of a MacDonald’s by French peasants Millau, Aveyron, France August 12, 1999, José Bové, anti-globalization activist
- Anti-WTO protests Seattle, WA December 3, 1999, David Solnit, anti-globalization activist
- Second Intifada or Al-Aqsa Intifada Jerusalem, Palestine September 2000 – January 2005, Qossay Hamed, witness
- First gay wedding in the world Amsterdam, Netherlands April 1, 2001, Job Cohen, mayor of Amsterdam and Louis Rogmans, Ton Jansen, Anne-Marie THUS, Helene Faasen and Peter Wittebrood
- Alter-globalization of the World Social Forum (WSF) Porto Allegre, Brazil January 24-31, 2005, Aminata Traoré, political leader
- Movement against the War in Iraq Crawford, Texas August 6, 2005, Cindy Sheehan, pacifist activist
- Adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples New York, NY September 13, 2007, Romeo Saganash, Indigenous Leader
- Pan Revolution Reykjavik, Iceland October 11, 2008, Hördur Torfason, artist and activist
- Twitter Revolution (Green Movement) Tehran, Iran June 13, 2009, Maziar Bahari, journalist
- Wikileaks Leak April 5, 2010, Gaven MacFayden, investigative journalist
- Indignants (Movement Indignados) Madrid, Spain May 15, 2011, Jon Aquirre Such
- Printemps Erable Montreal, Quebec March 22, 2012, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, student leader
- Election of the SYRIZA Coalition Athens, Greece January 25, 2015, Konstantina Kouneva, social organizer
The film maker explains his concept – a visible awakening of civic consciousness. “Our crazy idea …was to bring together in one place 25 human movements that contain the contemporary collective intelligence. From the first discussions in 2012, we met with fire bearers from all over the world. This exhibition is a sort of hunt for words, facts and gestures to give us hope.”
In addition to the 18 interviews, visitors have seven more events to digest that include the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change and the Arab Spring, presented in still photographs and text.
But Latulippe does not leave it at that. At the center of the exhibition visitors can give their input to The Constitution of the Future World. Providing computers to facilitate on-the- spot contributions to a prospective document, the artist will synthesize and publicize the these collective ideas in a year’s time.
Some of the most compelling comments came through in a film narrative.
“We will need to get inside every crack in the wall….to clear the path to create change.”
“In the years to come, we too will learn to fight against, walk in the shoes of the abused…”
“And we will recognize one another and become one.”
“We will raise our voices and know the limits of the unacceptable…”
” We will scour all the schools for fire and wind…” “We know the next time we will be unyielding.”
“We can unleash the rivers. Together we have the genius of oceans.” “We are everywhere.”
It is time to believe in our collective power. We must join together and take action.
Thank you Hugo Latulippe ~ Nancy Harris Frohlich