This May marks the 50th anniversary of what is known in France as “Mai 68.” Students, workers, and artists rose up against the rigidity of the university system and oppressive bourgeois social norms, threatening to overthrow de Gaulle’s administration and bringing the country to a standstill.
The University of Mississippi will host an exhibition of previous unseen material on the May ’68 French student and labor protests. Au cœur de Mai 68 is a collaboration between the association des Amis de Philippe Gras and les Films des quatre Planètes. It features 43 previously unpublished images of the May ‘68 protests taken by acclaimed photographer Philippe Gras and discovered after his death in 2007.
The images will be on display at the University of Mississippi in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College Great Room April 5-30. The photography exhibition is accompanied by the 2-part documentary film Mai 68 : Un étrange printemps featuring first-person accounts by politicians, union representatives, and law enforcement. The documentary will be screened in two parts on April 17 & 19 at 7:00 pm in Lamar 126.