Joris Ivens and Henri Storck: Borinage (Misère au Borinage)

From Imaging Dissent: Towards Becoming a Common Subject

Joris Ivens and Henri Storck said of their film Borinage: “No film could be more concerned with people than ours. Some nights we slept in miners' houses that were already packed. We saw and experienced things, compared to which the barracks in Magnitogorsk seemed luxurious. But deprivation and misery began to form a part of our lives as much as that of the miners. We were not strangers. They helped us and worked with us because they understood what we wanted to achieve with this film—to provide the workers with a means to bring their terrible circumstances to the attention of the rest of the world.”[footnote Borinage / Misère au Borinage, Joris Ivens and Henri Storck (Amsterdam: Van Gennep / Leuven: Kritak, 1983).]

In the opening scene of Borinage, images from America Today & The World in Review are used to illustrate the international character of the crisis in the capitalist world. This is an example of how the shared archive of class struggle was created and distributed by different worker groups worldwide.

January 14, 2020

Curated by

Werker Collective