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LIP : Monique

Carole Roussopoulos

1973France25 minBlack and white

In Besançon, after the LIP factory was occupied by the forces of law and order, one worker, Monique Piton, talks about their four-month struggle, highlights the women’s decisive role in the Action Committee, and denounces the role played by television. 

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.

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