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Red Square on a Blackboard: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

  • Mayday Space 176 Saint Nicholas Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11237 United States (map)

The New York City DSA Labor & Strike Solidarity Working Group and Strikecorps will be screening "Red Square on a Blackboard," a documentary on the 2012 Quebec student resistance movement, with several participants from the movement present for a discussion after the film.

From Cinema Politica (

"RED SQUARE ON A BLACKBOARD takes us into the heart of the 2012 student crisis to experience from the inside one of the most important social movements in Quebec history. In cinema verité style, the camera stays with the members of the largest student organisation, the CLASSE, as the crisis unfolds. We follow Maxime, Victoria and Justin, as well as the two official spokespersons Gabriel and Jeanne through the dramatic ups and downs of the strike. We have privileged access behind the scenes to experience with them the intense public debate that raged for weeks during the so-called the Maple Leaf Spring (Printemp érable): executive committee meetings, media strategizing, press conferences, huge student assemblies, debates, votes, street demonstrations, negotiations, demands, as well as the exhaustion, discouragement…and doubts.

RED SQUARE ON A BLACKBOARD traces the day-by-day anatomy of the student resistance and its main actors to reveal a militant movement of committed and inspired youth."