On its 100th anniversary of the October Revolution, the Berlinale Film Festival presents a film on Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. “The Young Karl Marx” is directed by Haitian-born Raoul Peck.
Raoul Peck, born 1953 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has been working as a film director for many years. He grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), the US and France, before studying economic engineering and film. Two decades ago, he also acted as Haiti’s minister of culture.
Today, Peck takes one look at Karl Marx’ image and demands that the “dreadful beard must go – at least symbolically.” He’s referring to Marx’s characteristic beard.
“It’s not only that it conceals his face, but also the fact that, in the year 2017, it obscures the possibility to have a critical examination and reflection (of Marx’ work),” the director says.