How refreshing to have a director refuse black-and-white conclusions, knowing that formulating questions is the best way to probe the past.
A German Youth
A GERMAN YOUTH (Une Jeunesse Allemande) chronicles the political radicalization of some German youth in the late 1960s that gave birth to the Red Army Faction (RAF), a German revolutionary terrorist group notably founded by Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof, as well as the images generated by this story. The film is entirely produced by editing preexisting visual and sound archives and aims to question viewers on the significance of this revolutionary movement during its time, as well as its resonance for today’s society.
With much of the public discourse on movies dominated by comic book franchises and awards ceremonies, it’s hard to imagine a time when filmmaking was seen as a radically political art form. But back in the 1960’s and 70's, there were some aspiring directors who thought their work would change the ...