A German Youth

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    A German Youth

    Une jeunesse allemande

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    France, Switzerland, Germany


    93 min

    • French
    • German


    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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    • Scam International Award - Cinéma du Réel
    • Prix du Jury SSA - Visions du Réel
    • Special Mention (International Competition) - BAFICI
    • Special Jury Mention - Docaviv
    • Mention (Documentary Feature International) - Guanajuato IFF
    • Best Documentary - Bratislava IFF



    Jean-Gabriel Périot
    Jean-Gabriel Périot
    Alan Mumenthaler


    Essential for anyone interested in cinema and politics.

    Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

    With his approach, Périot succeeds in transferring old into new without it ever appearing lengthy.

    Friederike Trumpa, The Upcoming

    Jean-Gabriel Périot

    Jean-Gabriel Périot


    Films should be politic not only regarding the content but mainly by how they are made and how they deal with the content.

    Born in Bellac, France in 1974, Périot studied visual communication before completing a year-long internship at the Pompidou Centre. He works as a video artist, cinematographer, editor and director and makes film projects using found footage and archive material. The majority of his works are documentary, animation and experimental projects dealing with violence and history. They include 200000 PHANTOMS (2007), OUR DAYS, ABSOLUTELY, HAVE TO BE ENLIGHTENED (2012), LOOKING AT THE DEAD (2012) and LE JOUR A VAINCU LA NUIT (2013). His directorial feature, A GERMAN YOUTH (2015), opened the Panorama section at the Berlinale and was released in France (where it was nominated for the Best Documentary César), Germany and Switzerland; it has been awarded in festivals worldwide. His second feature SUMMER LIGHTS (2016) premiered at the New Directors section of the San Sebastián IFF.

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