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publication : Wednesday 26 October 2016

Screening: La Commune on Friday 21st October at the University of Glasgow

As part of the Document Film Festival, the AF Glasgow is delighted to support the screening of Peter Watkins’ masterpiece.

As part of the Document Film Festival, the Alliance Française Glasgow is delighted to support the screening of Peter Watkins’ masterpiece La Commune.

The Document Film Festival

Document is Scotland’s international Human Rights documentary film festival. Established in 2003, it has become a key platform for Scottish and international documentary filmmakers, and a crucial space for the visibility of documentary film as an art form and social practice.
The festival returns for its fourteenth edition over an extended weekend of screenings, discussions, workshops and events.


Screening of La Commune (Paris,1971) (Peter Watkins, 2000) at the University of Glasgow.

An extremely rare opportunity to watch this extraordinary six-hour long film about the Paris Commune on the big screen.

In La Commune, acclaimed filmmaker Peter Watkins turns his attention to the heroic attempts of Parisian workers to build a revolutionary socialist republic. But this is no mainstream historical drama. Rather, Watkins employs experimental cinematic techniques to link the Communards’ struggles present-day concerns, and to critique the ideological role played by the film and television industry.


The film will be introduced by Dr. David Archibald.

Screening in French with English subtitles | 5h45
There will be a 15-minute interval half-way through the film.

Venue: Andrew Stewart Cinema, University of Glasgow, 9 University Avenue, G12 8QQ.

Date: Friday 21st October at 12noon.

Watch the trailer here.


Free entry but the event is ticketed.
You can book your tickets here.


Screening supported by the Alliance Française de Glasgow.

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