Raoul Peck's words in Talkhouse about his last two great films:
Baldwin and Marx – Same Struggle?
– the supposedly unstoppable race towards the cliff of economic disaster
– ecological cataclysm
– an increasing calcification and trivialization of gross inequalities
– eternal wars against terrorists and immigrants (viciously presented as interchangeable)
– the course of history (a bloody one, written by the momentary victors)
– the core elements of society (strained by profound inequalities)
– the characteristics of its design (exploitation)
– what drives it (profit)?
– why a multinational corporation decides, without any defendable argument, to shut down a plant supporting 5,000 people, while its profits are in the billions of dollars?
– the repetitive babble of economists (described by the late Bernard Maris, killed at the Charlie Hebdo massacre, as “all charlatans!”) about a “market,” which supposedly regulates the economy, when in fact the state saves the day, crisis after crisis (the bank bailout, they called it last time)?
– why many workers put their faith in Donald Trump as their savior when he is in fact the finest caricature of a speculative deadbeat capitalist?
– why it is so arduous for any democratically elected government to resist the billion dollar-charged pressure of special interests and lobbyists standing in the way of even the slightest changes toward more efficient regulation?
Raoul Peck’s complex body of work includes feature narrative films like The Man by the Shore, Lumumba, Sometimes in April, Moloch Tropical and Murder in Pacot, and documentaries such as Lumumba, Death of a Prophet, Desounen, Fatal Assistance and I Am Not Your Negro.
He is presently chairman of the board of the National French film school La Fémis, and has been the subject of numerous retrospectives worldwide.
His latest feature film, The Young Karl Marx, is released in select theaters by The Orchard on February 23.
link to Talkhouse's website: http://www.talkhouse.com/baldwin-marx-struggle/