R*evolution is four programmes about change, necessary change. They track the wild tendencies and radical strategies associated with the movements around 1968. The evolution of the revolution is traced through the five decades leading us up to the here and now. If you look closely, they lead us even further beyond, into possible futures of the revolution. 1968 marks a turning point. A postwar generation was calling the shots.
A worldwide whirlwind of questioning the status quo followed. Second-wave feminism was on the uprise. Diverse elements of the public opposed the ruling conservative patriarchal practice, longing to have a say in shaping the world. 1968 equals lateral thinking, dissent, objection, and counter-questioning. It is common knowledge that the world has changed in 50 years, but despite this we need to discuss strategies of empowerment, battles of distribution, and the possibility of the participation of the individual. We demand taking part in the narrative, in historiography, and to thus receive recognition and visibility. R*evolution also takes a special look at Swedish filmmaker Gunvor Nelson. She’s one of the most charismatic and important filmmakers to come out of the 1960s, influencing generations of filmmakers. She interlaces the private and political gaze in her artistic practice of decoding. R*evolution offers aesthetic strategies –
inviting for a time travel in order to see today’s pop culture with a red eye. By taking a close look at the time, R*evolution presents aesthetic, political, feminist, and cinematic positions united by the belief that there is more than one truth, existing beyond the conventional, ruling narrative. Realism is magic, a deeply subjective understanding of the world is a strategy and leads to the conclusion: that film might be the far better weapon. Film is the most exciting medium of the 1960s. As evidenced by these programmes, until today it has not lost any of its explosive force. The programme Red Flags For Everyone was originated for Berlinale 2018. Maike Mia Höhne has curated Berlinale Shorts since 2007 and is a freelance writer, curator, producer, photographer
and director. From March 2019, she will be artistic director at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival.