Seomra Spraoi / Tuesday 3rd March / 7:30pmâ€“10pm
This Tuesday at Seomra Spraoi, the Experimental Film Club’s â€œFilms Politicallyâ€ screening series continues with Jean-Luc Godard’s â€˜La Chinoiseâ€™.
â€˜La Chinoiseâ€™ was made on the cusp both of the uprisings of May ’68, and of Godard’s conversion to a staunchly dogmatic Marxist perspective (and categorically uncommercial cinematic approach) that would alienate many of his viewers in the coming years. As such, this tale of a group of Maoist students holed up in a Parisian apartment, debating, performing and excommunicating each other, seems to straddle two worlds. Although didactic techniques are part of Godardâ€™s artillery here, so is the playfulness and irony of his earlier work, and the result is a film that is both acutely sceptical of and earnestly affectionate for the revolutionary aspirations of the young.
The Experimental Film Club
The Experimental Film Club is dedicated to creating forums for the exploration of diverse and often neglected film works. It is perceived that there are a large number of people interested and engaged in aspects of experimental filmmaking in Dublin but no meeting point to build on this shared interest and knowledge. The club has been organising monthly screenings in the Ha’penny Bridge Inn since March 2008.
Seomra Spraoi is an autonomous social centre in Dublin city centre. It is run by a non-hierarchical collective on a not-for-profit basis. It hosts workshops, gigs, political meetings, film screenings, a vegan cafe and lots more. The centre seeks to be a hub of positive resistance, in a city and society where public spaces have been eaten away by consumerism, property speculation and the culture of the car.