User’s Instructions

Why « Around May 1st »

Because each year around the 1st of May, the association « Autour du 1er mai » organises with the association « Peuple et Culture » and the « Palace » cinema a week long festival of cinema in Tulle, Corrèze, France.

Because, like for millions of other people around the world, May 1st is a day we hold dear.

Our festivals themes :

  • 2006 : Representations of the Popular Front in Film.
  • 2007 : Film and the Rural World, a reflection on the way cinema had accompanied the vast transformations of the French rural and agricultural scene.
  • 2008 : The years around 68
  • 2009 : Cinema and utopia
  • 2010 : Feminism and woman on screen
  • 2011 : The world of work
  • 2012 : France-Algeria relationships since colonisation until today
  • 2013 : Strange strangers ?
  • 2014 : World war 1 : 100 years ago

The catalogues of these editions are still available on request. The films that were screened, their current distributors are accessible on the data base.

Why create a film data base on the movements of society ?

The idea behind the base is to build a tool allowing anyone interested, unions, film-makers, institutions, libraries, festival programmers, to locate the films they are looking for, know how they can screen them, where they can programme them, find out who holds rights on them.

Hence, in the base, you can find fiction as well as documentary, films produced by the industry as well as in non-traditional ways by amateurs, work councils, collectives, unions or associations…

How to use this data base ?

Like the letters of the alphabet, there are 26 « paths of access » to find the film which interests you, then by following the path to learn how to use it the way you wish and as the legislation allows.

You will also find in the base, « Voir et trouver des films », a selection of distributors, publishers, institutions holding copies, which will refer you back to the films we have chosen and facilitate the possibility of organising screenings or programmes.

The « Boîte à outils » part will help you become acquainted with the legal framework governing access to films for their distribution.

Why is this base not for the moment a documentary base ?

The information on films, the history of the conditions in which they were produced and distributed is of the utmost importance. Each institution, producer, distributor and festival has its own catalogue, but there does not exist what librarians might call a « collective catalogue » allowing us, from across a variety of sources, to find the film we are seeking.

For the moment you will not find films on line on this base. We are observing these new practices with interest, but for the moment have decided not to attempt to integrate them into the project. The base refers you to sites which allow you to access referenced films.