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Le F.H.A.R. (Front Homosexuel d’Action Révolutionnaire)

Carole Roussopoulos

1971France26 minBlack and white

Images of the first homosexual demonstration filmed inside the traditional May 1 parade and the discussion a few weeks later at Vincennes University in a philosophy class. Among the activist men and women from the recently created Front Homosexuel d’Action Révolutionnaire, we find lesbian feminist Anne-Marie Fauret and Guy Hocquenghem. 

Carole Roussopoulos was born in 1945, Lausanne and died in 2009, in Sion. She is a feminist and video pioneer, considered one of the leading figures of Swiss LGBTQ+ history. In 1969, urged by her friend Jean Genet, she buys her first portable video camera. With her partner Paul Roussopoulos, she establishes the first militancy video collective, « Video Out », inscribing herself in the current of cultural contestation emerging from May ’68.  She documents and supports workers’ strikes (Lip), anti-imperialist struggles (Palestinian and Black Panther liberation movements), homosexual civil rights (Homosexual Front for Revolutionary Action) and, most prominently, the feminist struggle for contraceptive and abortion rights. In 1982, with her accolytes Delphine Seyrig and Ionan Weider, she establishes the Simone de Beauvoir audiovisual center, the first of its kind to produce and archive audio-visual documents devoted to women. Roussopoulous has directed and edited nearly one hundred and fifty documentaries, all in feminist and humanist endeavours.

  • PRODUCTION : Video Out