Misère au Borinage
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|Misère au Borinage|
|Directed by||Henri Storck
|Written by||Henri Storck
|Editing by||Helen van Dongen|
|Running time||36 minutes|
The film opens with these words: "Crisis in the Capitalist World. Factories are closed down, abandoned. Millions of proletarians are hungry!"
The Borinage is one of the most famous industrial regions of Wallonia (and of the classic industrial revolution in general) because of its history of hard and long social strikes, for instance, a two-month long 1932 strike in this region, as well as Liège and Charleroi. It is considered one of the most important work of the Political cinema. "It is one of the most important references in the documentary genre." 
"The stridency of the work is exemplified by a short film Ivens made with Belgian cinema club leader Henri Storck (1933) portraying the cruel plunge into poverty resulting from a classic capitalist crisis of over production."
For Philip Mosley, this film is linked to the history of Wallonia: "Matters worsened in 1956 with the Marcinelle disaster, whose victims included many immigrants, and then with release of initial closure plans for Walloon mines. In scene reminiscent of Storck's Borinage film of 1933, social unrest in the area near Mons escalated into general strike of 1960 and 1961." Robert Stallaerts about Storck, one of the directors of Misère au Borinage, said, "Although a Fleming, he can be called the father of the Walloon cinema." 
In 2000, a new documentary was made about the Borinage as a tribute to Storck: "Les Enfants du Borinage - Lettre à Henri Storck".
- Belgian general strikes
- Walloon Jacquerie of 1886
- Belgian general strike of 1893
- General strike against Leopold III of Belgium
- 1960-1961 Winter General Strike
- Les Enfants du Borinage - Lettre à Henri Storck
- Misery in Borinage
- Patricia Aufderheide, Documentary film: a very short introduction, Oxford University Press, 2007, p.79. ISBN 978-0-19-518270-5
- Philip Mosley Split Screen: Belgian Cinema and cultural Identity, Suny Press, New-York, 2001,p. 81. ISBN 0-7914-4747-2
- Historical dictionary of Belgium Scarecrow press, 1999, p. 191. ISBN 0-8108-3603-3
- "Critique: Misère au Borinage (Misery In Borinage) by Ivens & Storck". La Revue Toudi. Retrieved 2009-10-13. Review of the film and video (version of 1933) without music or comment; French and Dutch titles.
- Misère au Borinage at the Internet Movie Database