“Sur les Toits”: An open-access Antipode Symposium on the Prison Protests in Early 1970s France
This symposium contains a rich collection of contributions based on the screening of the French documentary film Sur les Toits (“On the Roofs”). On a Wednesday in May 2016 I invited the film’s independent maker, Nicolas Drolc, and a number of academics from across Warwick’s humanities and social sciences to the screening of the movie. The result was a friendly and productive discussion on an important, but sometimes forgotten, episode in the history of incarceration (see, however, Zurn and Dilts 2016). The essays presented here comprise an interview with the director and a series of original reflections (from Dominique Moran, Sophie Fuggle, Anastasia Chamberlen, Oliver Davis and Stuart Elden) on both the film and its subject of investigation.
My contribution discusses the riots in relation to the GIP and Foucault and other intellectuals, while praising the film for providing oral histories of key, non-elite voices, while other contributions look at the film, images, contemporary politics and related questions. Thanks to Marijn Nieuwenhuis for coordinating this symposium, and the director, Nicolas Drolc, for coming to Warwick to show the film and discuss it with us. Continue reading in Antipode online.