Magazine article Screen International

Berlin Q&A: Raoul Peck, 'The Young Karl Marx'

Magazine article Screen International

Berlin Q&A: Raoul Peck, 'The Young Karl Marx'

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Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck returns to the city of his student days for the world premiere of his latest film The Young Karl Marx.

While studying at the Free University of Berlin in the 1970s, an 18-year-old Peck was first introduced to the political and economic thinker Marx. The director's Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro - an exploration of what it means to be black in the US through the writings of James Baldwin - is also screening in Panorama Documentaries.

You worked on both films concurrently. Was it difficult juggling two such different stories?

Yes, they are different but at the same time, funnily enough, both men are the two feet I stand on.

I learned about Marx around the age of 18. Baldwin came to me a little bit younger but these two men became important monuments for me and made me the person I am. They frame who I am, my way of thinking and the way I analyse society.

Why did it take you a decade to make The Young Karl Marx?

In the beginning we built the screenplay out of the correspondence between Marx, [Friedrich] Engels and [his wife] Jenny. …

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