A GERMAN YOUTH

Jean-Gabriel Périot’s brilliant documentary feature about the traumatic
years of German leftist terrorism and unrest is a film dense with
questions about the legacy of Nazism, the role of government, the
duty of intellectuals, and the responsibilities of the media. Composed
entirely of archival footage including journalist Ulrike Meinhof’s
mesmerizing appearances on talk shows, agitprop student films by
future terrorists, and TV news reports of bombings, hijackings and
kidnappings, A German Youth charts the tragic course of a generation
of intellectuals and artists whose radical critique of society foundered
in armed violence in the 1970s. Avoiding any explanatory voiceover or
text, Périot immerses the viewer in a dangerous but fascinating time
when the line between right and wrong wavered and Germany was
brought to a standstill by leftist terrorism. Yet for all its fascinating
detail about a bygone era, A German Youth is most eloquent in raising
questions that resonate more deeply today than they have at any other
time in the intervening decades: What are young people to do in the
face of fossilized institutions and systemic injustice? Is there a point
where democratic process and debate can no longer be trusted? How
do we effect change?

DIRECTOR
Jean-Gabriel Périot

SCREENPLAY
Jean-Gabriel Périot

CAST
Ulrike Meinhof
Andreas Baader
Horst Mahler

DETAILS
Documentary
French, German
92 min.
France, Switzerland,
Germany, 2015 (US release
2019)
DCP, DVD, Blu-Ray

DISTRIBUTOR
Big World Pictures

PRICE RANGE
$350-600