Brief History of Militant Cinema

Militant cinema has unquestionably been a protagonist in the history of the 20th century, yet today it is no longer able to interpret a shattered world. It is precisely from these fragments that we can start again to look for new 'cinematic' forms that have social, pedagogical, scientific and cultural, that is to say ultimately political, repercussions.

If fictional cinema is dead, by producing only copies of copies, militant cinema has also long been in an agonizing state. In this work, which brings together and completes half a century of reflections, Fofi returns to talk about cinema not so much to foretell the end of a model, but rather to acknowledge its decisive transformation: from being an educational and cultural media of mass communication, to a completely secondary form of communication and artistic creation. If it wants to survive, cinema must accept both the evidence and to reflect on its compulsory marginalisation. It has to return to a truly "militant" cinema, taken out and about, without mediators, in small halls and cellars, schools and neighbourhoods, parishes and chambers of labour, giving room to all that investigation, training and calls on action can still offer. May everyone act according to their own strengths (preferably as a group), in defence of Nature and the Oppressed of the world, moved by objectives that we can only call libertarian and socialist. If this happens, long live to militant cinema
GOFFREDO FOFI has worked in film and literary criticism and founded cultural and political publications "Quaderni Piacentini", "Lo straniero", "Linea d'ombra", "Gli Asini". He has also taken part in many projects of social and educational intervention from the 1950s until today, in particular in Palermo, Rome, Turin, Milan and Naples. He is author of many books and pamphlets.
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