Film Project

What are the ideas and theories that drive insurrections?

Massive uprisings, from the Arab Spring, to Occupy Wall Street, to the movement of the squares, to Black Lives Matter have shaken the very core of our world system.

Are these anti-systemic insurrections connected in some way? What does it mean when an insurrection takes place? How are demands produced in an insurrection? Are today’s insurrections developing new theories of social and political change?

Insurrections will introduce viewers to a fresh set of ideas and thought at the core of today’s wave of insurrections, shedding light on questions that continue to perplex:

What is an insurrection and what happens in it? What is the history of insurrections and how can we better understand today’s moment of intensified insurrection? What are the different forms of riots? What are the conditions by which an insurrection succeeds, and what population groups are key actors in insurrections?

Insurrections has interviewed today’s foremost philosophers who have been thinking, writing and actively participating in these uprisings, including Alain Badiou, the most important living French philosopher according to the BBC, Jodi Dean, author of Crowds and Party, poet and theorist Joshua Clover, author of Riot. Strike. Riot: The New Era of Uprisings, the Iranian philosopher Farhang Erfani, and the American political philosopher Richard Gilman-Opalsky, as well as potential interviews with famed feminist theorist Silvia Federici and the indefatigable African American philosopher, Cornel West.