Events Special programming for the 50th Anniversary of May 1968
2018-04-26 16:22:34 TV5MONDE

In May TV5MONDE invites you to (re)discover the events of May 1968, the social and political movement that made French history fifty years ago, through a selection of special programmes. 



May 1968, a movement of social, cultural and political unrest  


Initially, May '68 was first an unprecedented movement of student revolt, which started in France in May-June 1968, brought on by the troubles inside French universities: the quality of traditional teaching and insufficient ways to express themselves among other elements 

This movement is identified as a spectacular Franco-international crisis that was provoked by Parisian student youth, and which spread gradually into the  workplace and most sectors of the population throughout France and ended with strikes and a general social crisis, directed against Gaullist rule, capitalism, consumerism, and US imperialism.

The movement also touched the cultural scene: 1968 was a troubled year for the Cannes Film Festival, which was interrupted before its closure under the pressure of protesting filmmakers like Jean-Luc Godard or François Truffaut. Find out more here.

Today, the events of May '68 mark a fundamental time of impact on French society, the emblem of a challenge to traditional institutions.

The repercussions of May 1968: 

May 1968 created the emergence of new values ​​around the values of the individual, in personal achievement, autonomy and creativity, which are today at the heart of French and Western society more generally. Here are a few examples:

  • The authoritarian structure of national education was transformed into that of a more active participation / role of the student
  • The opening of debate and speech not only in the field of education, but also within family circles and society
  • The participation of students and parents in student councils and the redefinition of school rules 
  • Creation of the National Employment Agency which when merged with Assédic (Unemployement insurance agency) and became Pôle emploi (The Job centre)
  • The notion of a traditional family is discarded, people then will freely choose their own family unit
  • Putting men and women on an equal footing
  • Obtaining women's rights to autonomy


May 1968 special programmes on TV5MONDE

* All times are Paris time GMT +2


Sacré mois de mai !

Sunday 6th May at 19:30

May 1968 was a landmark event in the second half of the 20th century which shook French society, profoundly and permanently challenging its traditional values. In the Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardie, then thriving French economic centres, things would be very different this month.
Directed by: Dominique Dreyfus, Marie-Jo Pareja (France, 2018)


Weds 9th May at 21:00

In the spring of 1968, thousands of college and university students took to the streets to protest against the status quo. Their demonstrations sparked off a general strike. Why did France nearly see a second revolution fifty years ago? The events are related by those who experienced them firsthand.
Directed by: Emmanuel Amara (France, 2017)


Nés en 68, nous nous aimerons jusqu'à la mort

Part 1 : Thurs 24th May at 21:00 

Part 2 : Thurs 31st May at 21:00 

Paris 1968. Aged 20, Catherine, Yves and Hervé are students and are a trio in love, during the May revolt. Dreaming of a communal utopia, they move to the Lot region, but reality comes knocking in the form of money troubles and harsh farm life. 
Directed by: Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau (France, 2008)

* All times are Paris time GMT +2


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