Sunday, 4 August
Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Part-Time Work of a Domestic Slave
Doors open at 20.30, Jeffrey's intro and film start at 21.00
PART-TIME WORK OF A DOMESTIC SLAVE 1973 (Gelegenheitsarbeit einer Sklavin) Directed by Alexander Kluge 87 minutes In German with English subtitles
In a way this film has a story, but like all great movies it also has a wider meaning, it helps us reflect on the world around us. The story focuses on a woman called Roswitha who has a hell of a life. She has a jerk for a husband, a family and also on the side she runs an illegal abortion clinic. When the clinic is raided, her husband is arrested and she is left to fend for herself. But this process also gives her something... an understanding of how our society operates and how women are targeted. But also something else... she realizes that if she really wants to make a better life for her children, she can't just focus on her family, but has to act outside it. Therefore it is a movie about the necessity of getting involved in the world around us, about breaking one's numb passivity.
This glimpse into 1970s Germany shows us how little progress we have made since then, but also gives a bridge to possible alternatives.
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