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As part of STRIKE! exhibition, a rare opportunity to see the following films occurs on Wednesday 20 February, in the presence of Declan O Connell, Director of 161 DAYS and Curator of the Film Programme for STRIKE!, Anthony Haughey

Wednesday 20th February 2013
LCGA

As part of STRIKE! exhibition, a rare opportunity to see the following films in the presence of Declan O Connell, Director of 161 DAYS and Curator of the Film Programme for STRIKE!, Anthony Haughey

Wednesday 20th February

 2.30pm - Workers leaving the Factory by Harun Farocki

'Workers Leaving the Factory is the first cinema film ever shown in public. For 45 seconds, this still-existent sequence depicts workers at the photographic products factory in Lyon, owned by the brothers Louis and Auguste Lumière, hurrying, closely packed, out of the shadows of the factory gates and into the afternoon sun. Only here, in departing, are the workers visible as a social group. But where are they going? To a meeting? To the barricades? Or simply home?

These questions have preoccupied generations of documentary filmmakers. For the space before the factory gates has always been the scene of social conflicts. And furthermore, this sequence has become an icon of the narrative medium in the history of the cinema. In his documentary essay of the same title, Harun Farocki explores this scene right through the history of film.

 The result of this effort is a fascinating analysis, ranging in scope from Chaplin's Modern Times to Fritz Lang's Metropolis to Pier Paolo Pasolini's Accattone! Farocki's film shows that the Lumière brothers' sequence already carries within itself the germ of a foreseeable social development: the eventual disappearance of this form of industrial labor.'Klaus Gronenborn 1995

Screening permission, courtesy of Harun Farocki and Video Data Bank

  

3pm - 161 Days by Declan O Connell -

The 16th of December 2011 was to be the final day for workers at the Vita Cortex plant in Cork. Their redundancy payments had been agreed but in the final days of their employment they were informed that the payments could not or would not be made. A decision was made to occupy the plant which they did for 161 days, one of the longest running industrial disputes in the history of the Irish state.

The campaign attracted support from football stars Alex Ferguson and Paul McGrath, former President Mary Robinson, actor Cillian Murphy and philosopher Noam Chomsky. This is the story of the occupation.

Screening with kind permission from Declan O'Connell

 

3.45 - discussion between Declan O Connell and Anthony Haughey

 

Venue: Limerick City Gallery of Art

Admission: Free

Information: helen.carey@limerickcity.ie

 

 


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