PHILOSOPHY: Narrating his own reminiscences, Christian Labhart spans decades reflecting on the political earthquakes of his lifetime.

Carmen Gray
Freelance film critic and regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
Published date: April 8, 2019

Passion - Between Revolt and Resignation

Christian Labhart

Christian Labhart


«I was sure of this: we would never be like our parents.» Christian Labhart is recalling 1968 in Zurich, the city in which he grew up and which felt the waves of counterculture revolution that had erupted in protests around the world. The Swiss director narrates his own reminiscences throughout Passion – Between Revolt and Resignation, which had its World Premiere at Visions du Reel in Nyon. The diaristic documentary is a decade-spanning reflection on the political earthquakes of his lifetime and his own ebbing and flowing relationship to activism, meaningful community engagement, and the vision of a more just organisation of society. It is both highly personal and a survey of moments that defined massive shifts in public consciousness around the globe, from Chernobyl to the fall of the Berlin Wall and 9/11. What to do, when rebellious youth reach the age of the parents they defined their worldviews against, and their optimism for change has not been borne out by positive transformations around them?

Cataclysms and revolts

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