Film director and writer Andy Bausch’s latest offering, “Sixty8”, puts life in Luxembourg during the summer of love in the spotlight.
Documentary “Sixty8” shows another side of today’s dynamic economic hub; one of hippies, student strikes, long hair and short skirts.
Photo: Andy Bausch/Sixty8 still
The movie, which hits cinemas on Wednesday 27 September, shows another side of today’s dynamic economic hub; one of hippies, student strikes, long hair and short skirts.
Bausch, whose past films have covered iconic periods in Luxembourg’s history such as the 1950s and World War II, combines photos, archive films, testimonies and a fantastic soundtrack.
It comes out just eight months before the fiftieth anniversary of the May 1968 revolution, a time from which memories are become scarcer. Among the 25 people who recall their memories in this documentary, some have radically changed their views and most are retired.
They offer insight into a period of Luxembourg’s history when young people challenged the country’s social and moral values and the early shoots of feminism began to sprout.
The film does not only focus on May 1968, since many of the most remarkable events happened afterwards. Among them is the April 1971 school strikes and demonstrations after four pupils in Diekirch were expelled.
Thousands of students took to the streets in Diekirch, Esch and then Luxembourg. The following month, three writers of student newspaper the Wullmaus were fined and given a one-month suspended prison sentence, provoking further outrage.
“I hope that young people in Luxembourg will go and see this film and realise that even in the small country of Luxembourg, things were happening and everything they take for granted was not always the case,” Andy Bausch was quoted as saying in our sister magazine Paperjam.
The documentary is screened in Luxembourgish with French subtitles at Kinepolis.