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A History of the European Working Class (series)

A History of the European Working Class (series)

The working class has played an essential part of European countries’ history – through revolutions, wars and social progress. In four episodes of a spectacular tale, this show reminds us of what our societies owe to the workers’ movements and its struggles.

The story begins in the 18th century, but their fight carries on today. Much of our current democracies’ institutions and values flow from older working class demands: universal suffrage or social solidarity are some of its most telling examples. Our culture – the way we dress, the songs we listen to, the movies we watch and the mass-media themselves – heavily relies on the workers’ erstwhile popular culture. Finally, all across Asia, Africa and Latin America, millions of women and men experience lives similar to the 18th and 19th centuries’ European working class. We will bring out the present’s ever looming shadow by constantly flowing back and forth between history and current situations. Those contemporary testimonies and photographs will help us gather the threads of memory between yesterday and today.

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A History of the European Working Class (series)
  • A History of the European Working Class - Episode 1

    Directed by Stan Neumann • Documentary • 2020 • 52 minutes

    This episode focuses on England and Belgium, two pioneers of the industrial revolution. With the beginnings of the "Factory System" comes a new conception of work and time, which the uprooted workers will have to accept. This violent sho...

  • A History of the European Working Class - Episode 2

    Directed by Stan Neumann • Documentary • 2020 • 52 minutes

    The revolution should have broken out in England, but it is the French workers who start to fight back. The barricade is their preferred weapon, made of odds and ends, urban and defensive, it is in their image. A look back at the emergen...

  • A History of the European Working Class - Episode 3

    Directed by Stan Neumann • Documentary • 2020 • 52 minutes

    Europe has industrialized to the point that the war which breaks out in 1914 is also industrialized. This episode immerses the viewer in an unusual time when the laws of the front extend to the factories, and the American methods of rati...

  • A History of the European Working Class - Episode 4

    Directed by Stan Neumann • Documentary • 2020 • 52 minutes

    A bearer of hope and utopias in troubled times, the working class acquires an exceptional influence in the second half of the 20th century. Today, however, we speak of the disappearance of the working class. No more common identity, no m...