In the 1960s, find the world seemed to be filled with political turmoil, viagra from the Vietnam war to the rise of student activism. In Europe, youth were looking for ways to express their rage against the state of the world.
Young Ulrike Meinhof was working in West Germany as a reporter for the leftist magazine konkret. She was a member of the forbidden communist party and an active protester. Eventually, Meinhof discarded the means of expression that she considered to be bourgeois. In 1968, “the mad year of Europe,” she started seeking out change through political murders and terrorist attacks, as well as by founding the Red Army Faction.
Many of the central figures of the Red Army Faction Meinhof, for example Holger Meins, Gudrun Ensslin and Ulrike Meinhof, were interested in expressing their political views also by means of journalism and film. Meins was studying film in the freshly founded German Film and Television Academy Berlin, where many of the students were putting their political views into the films they made. Some of the films have been brought out of the archives for Jean-Gabriel Périot’s film.
The documentary is an impressive collage of pieces of documentaries, news images, film clips, and other contemporary material. They depict leftist youth, communists, cultural and social revolutionaries, as well as militants and terrorists.
Périot does not provide any unnecessary explanations for the film material, letting the images speak for themselves. Together, they help to reveal the bigger picture of the situation that gave rise to the Baader-Meinhof Group and its actions.
Paavo Ihalainen / Translation: Sanna Parikka
Languages: German, French
- Director: Jean-Gabriel Périot
- Country: France, Switzerland, Germany
- Year: 2015
- Length: 93 min
- Age limit: K12
- Format: DCP
- Cinematography: Jean-Gabriel Périot
- Editing: Jean-Gabriel Périot
- Audio: Etienne Curchod
- Music: Alan Mumenthaler
- Production: Nicolas Brevière / Local Films
- Cinema Artis hall 2: Saturday 30.01 - 16:30