WCP: The Global Working Class in Art House Cinema
Have you already finished House of Cards, Season Four? Want to learn about working-class culture around the globe but can’t travel? In today’s Working-Class Perspective, Sarah Attfield recommends eight films that focus on the working class and, in many cases, were produced by filmmakers from working-class backgrounds. They shed light on the differences and commonalities of the contemporary global working class.
Two Days One Night, Luc Dardenne & Jean-Pierre Dardenne, 2014, Belgium
The Dardenne brothers have made a number of excellent films that focus on working-class life. Their films often show characters who are unemployed or engaged in the informal economy. Two Days, One Night tells the story of a woman fighting to keep her job in a Belgian factory. This is a story of working-class resilience and the power of collective action and is an incredibly realistic portrayal of life at the edges of society.
John Russo, our Visiting Scholar for the 2015-16 academic year, brings the renowned Working-Class Perspectives blog to the Kalmanovitz Initiative. The blog is edited by him and Sherry Linkon, a professor of English at Georgetown University. It features several regular and guest contributors.