A German Youth
Une jeunesse allemande / Eine deutsche Jugend
2015, Jean-Gabriel Périot, Germany/France/Switzerland, 93 min.
- Sun, Mar 5th 3:15pm
- Tue, Mar 7th 6:15pm
"Captivating...essential for anyone interested in cinema and politics." — Jordan Mintzner, Hollywood Reporter
"Constantly impressive in its ability to seamlessly weave footage exposing views of the political spectrum, A GERMAN YOUTH offers perhaps the strongest narrative experience of the entire [2016 Art of the Real] festival." — Eric Barroso, MUBI Notebook
After a series of found-footage shorts dealing with key moments in 20th-century politics, director and artist Périot makes his feature debut with this visual history of the Red Army Faction, the notorious group of young political radicals who sowed violence across West Germany throughout the 1970s. Drawing from a deep well of archival materials, including news reports documenting the group's activities, extensive interviews with political columnist and RAF co-founder Ulrike Meinhof, and cinematic agitprop produced by members of the RAF, Périot's film collage eschews explicit commentary in favor of letting historical documents speak for themselves. The end result is a fascinating and troubling look at a tumultuous moment in European history. In German and French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Goethe-Institut Chicago. DCP digital. (CW)