For the War to End, the Walls Should Have Crumbled, with Lessons From a University on the Fly

Friday, January 20 - Sunday, January 22, 2012

Both films on digital projection.

FOR THE WAR TO END THE WALLS SHOULD HAVE CRUMBLED (1980, Belgium, 52 min. In French with English subtitles)

“This documentary looks back to the momentous events of Belgium’s general strike in 1960, focusing here on the efforts of Edmond G. and colleagues at the Cockerill steel plant in Seraing to organize and publish a workers’ newspaper in secret between 1961 and 1969. A stirring depiction of communal resistance, FOR THE WAR TO END… also offers an insightful portrait of the Dardennes’ own hometown, revisiting the sites of labor and tracing the routes of the newspaper’s circulation, providing a poetic tribute to Seraing’s industrial urban landscape.” – Harvard Film Archive


LESSONS FROM A UNIVERSITY ON THE FLY (1982, Belgium,  55 min. In French with English subtitles)

“Lessons compiles a series of portraits of Polish immigrants living in Belgium, filmed for television by the Dardennes. Linking the Dardennes’ documentaries and their depiction of the beleaguered protagonists of their subsequent fiction films, these sketches of difficult lives together mark the beginning of the Dardennes’ interest in the lives of immigrants.” – Harvard Film Archive