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THE MONOPOLY OF VIOLENCE

David Dufresne / France / 2020 / 89 min
An intelligent and highly topical reflection of the police, citizens and the state – and the right to rebel.

The violent street protests in Paris during the Yellow Vest protests are at the root of a debate that is highly topical – from the United States to Hong Kong and Denmark. Its starting point is Max Weber’s famous thesis that a state has the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force. All aspects of this viewpoint are challenged in a refreshingly intelligent film, which confronts a panel of different people with footage from the street riots to discuss them in a darkened TV studio. Protesters, philosophers, sociologists and police officers react to the clips and each other in a film that strongly appeals to both emotions and intellect.