A film titled with the slogan that women activists shouted as they marched, Debout! is a record of the ‘flame-like’ struggle of women against the oppression of patriarchal society. This film reconstructs, through the various sources of testimonies, documents, and songs, etc., the feminist movement of the 1970s and ‘80s. Mostly centered on Swiss and French women, the film embodies the meaning of recording history about “Women” in a new and challenging way. This record about the feminist movement that unfolded around issues like contraception, abortion, working women, sexual violence, lesbianism, networking between women breaks through the walls of silence and oblivion by invoking nostalgia and humor from time to time, showing that pioneer feminists and the women of today can communicate.
The voices of women taking up subject matter such as feminist identity, revolutionary aspects of feminism, diagnosis and indictment of patriarchal reality, and communication between different generations of women, provide insights that remain meaningful. (Joo You-Shin)
Carole RoussopoulosCarole Roussopoulos
Born in 1945, Carole Roussopoulos studied Literary Education in university. In 1969, Roussopoulos founded Video Out, one of the first French video groups. In 1981, she established the Simone de Beauvoir Audio-Visual Center, the first organization to produce women’s videos. She has directed and edited more than 50 videos, all dealing with women’s issues.