Raoul Peck, The Young Karl Marx/ Le jeune Karl Marx, 2017, film still. Courtesy the artist

Raoul Peck, The Young Karl Marx/ Le jeune Karl Marx, 2017, film still. Courtesy the artist

Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro) takes us to Europe on the verge of change as he chronicles the meeting in 1844 of the young Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, alongside Jenny Marx and Mary Burns. In contrast to a period drama the film focuses on recreating an atmosphere of 1840s Europe, from the factories of Manchester to the luxurious residencies of Paris: a Europe in which the industrial revolution has transformed the world’s order creating the new proletarian class.

Working with direct sources including correspondence exchanged from 1843 to 1850 between the main characters and Raymond Aron’s lectures at the College de France, removes didacticism from the script. The film reaches its dramatic finale as the break with followers of Pierre Proudhon transforms the League of Just into the Communist League. The writing of the Communist Manifesto follows in 1848, which marks its 180th anniversary this year.

UK premiere. Followed by a discussion with guest speakers about the ongoing relevance of the Communist Manifesto.

The Young Karl Marx / The jeune Karl Marx
Raoul Peck

£7.50 / £6

Sun 4 March, 5.15-8pm

Tyneside Cinema

10 - 12 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle
NE1 6QG
tynesidecinema.co.uk
Box Office 0191 227 5500