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S.C.U.M. Manifesto 1967

Carole Roussopoulos

Delphine Seyrig

1976France27 minBlack and white

The staged reading of excerpts from the S.C.U.M. Mani­festo (Society for Cutting Up Men) by Valerie Solanas, published in 1967 and now out of print in French. Delphine Seyrig translates a few passages for Carole Roussopoulos, who types them out. In the background, a television set broadcasts live images from the daily news, of which we sometimes hear some apocalyptic snippets. 


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 : Les Insoumuses