EN - How can we transform a society that is increasingly defined by a permanent state of war and cultivated by an industry of fear? How can we realise the paradigm shift necessary to move away from a reality that depends on the exploitation of people and the cult of privatising public resources? Hardt looks for an answer in what he calls 'the commons’, by which he refers not only to natural resources, but also to the languages we create- and the relationships we conceive together.

In the dystopian city-state Alphaville in Godard's eponymous film, all words and concepts relating to the idea of love and affection have been banned. When actress Anna Karina tries to express her feelings, she has to reinvent the words, for the concept of love is foreign to her. Like the protagonist in Alphaville, Hardt suggests that we need to redefine the tools to act together politically. Hardt embarks on a journey to identify the transformative powers of the ongoing struggle to re-invent democracy. Within this struggle he understands 'the commons' as an antidote against a society run by fear; an inspiration for a paradigm that is based on dialogue and co-operation.


Title Every Day Words Disappear
Original title Every Day Words Disappear | Michael Hardt on the Politics of Love
Original language English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Docs
Genre short
Year 2016
World première / first public presentation 2016-11-06


Cast Michael Hardt
Photography Nicole Mackinlay Hahn
Editing Sabine Groenewegen
Sound Andrew Brzozowski

Technical specs

Running time film 15'
Release format digital file
Other available formats DCP
Aspect ratio 16/9
Sound format stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders State of the Art Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie
Production partners Contour, Museumcultuur Strombeek


2016: Contour 7, Rencontres Internationales, Hacking Habitat, MIT school for Architecture & Planning

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Last edited on 21 April 2017

Short info

Director Johan Grimonprez
Writers Johan Grimonprez

Daan Milius
Brandhoutkaai 37 bus 6
1000 Brussels


Website www.johangrimonprez.be
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