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A German Youth

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A German Youth (Une jeunesse allemande)

Directed by Jean-Gabriel Périot

  • France, Switzerland, Germany 2015; 93 min
  • Original version: German, French
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Scam International Award - Cinéma du Réel
    • Prix du Jury SSA - Visions du Réel
    • Special Mention (International Competition) - BAFICI
    • Special Jury Mention - Docaviv
    • Best Documentary - Bratislava IFF

  • From the director of Ô MON AMOUR presented at CineMart

Synopsis

At the end of the 1960s the post-war generation began to revolt against their parents. This was a generation disillusioned by anti-communist capitalism and a state apparatus in which they believed they saw fascist tendencies. This generation included journalist Ulrike Meinhof, lawyer Horst Mahler, filmmaker Holger Meins as well as students Gudrun Ensslin and Andreas Baader. Their protest against the state led to the founding of the Red Army Faction (RAF). Constructed entirely from copious film and audio material, the film describes – without commentary – their gradual transformation and increasing politicisation until they take up armed resistance; it also describes the reactions of the government of the Federal Republic of Germany at the time.

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