The wind rises for the oppressed



This week, we saw "The Wind Rises" by Ken Loach. This film, Palme d'Or at the time, is fully in the line of Peaky Blinders and we found with happiness the young Cilian Murphy. This film has not usurped its Palme d'Or. It begins very strongly with a control of Irish youth, control where all the violence of the English repressive apparatus is expressed. I was immediately taken by the guts. One day, someone claiming to be a "wasp" challenged me: "How can you feel so much solidarity with the colonized or enslaved people in Africa when you are not African? I answered that one did not need to be this or that to be in solidarity with the victims of injustice, that being human was enough, that this was called humanism, a concept whose deep meaning was apparently unknown to him. But I could have gone further, more intimately. The Celtic people from whom I come were among the "conquered" in history: in Scotland and Ireland under the English boots or in Gaul under Caesar. In a way that I cannot explain to myself, and in spite of the centuries or years that have passed, I feel these successive conquests deep in my soul, in my guts. And because I am attentive to this feeling, I have a deep empathy for others whether they are Amerindians decimated by bullets and induced pandemics, Africans put to the iron and decimated, Amazighs fighting against all the fists that crush, Witches and Heretics burned alive, Scots destroyed by the invader, Bretons whose culture was denied, Indians humiliated by the British, Chinese during the Opium Wars, Koreans under the Japanese boots, Aztecs crushed by the conquistadors, Algerians tortured or Palestinians behind walls. Beyond time and space, conquest and repression are always the same, Phlippe K. Dick spoke of the "Black Iron Empire that never dies".


And beyond time and space, the cries, the despair and the cries for revenge of the victims rise to form the Great Symphony of the revolt. Across time and space, all the victims living under the yoke of the Empire make common cause... because "The Resistance never dies".