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A German Youth (Une jeunesse Allemande) (2019)

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In the 1960s, the young democracy of West Germany was embarrassed by its Nazi past, and ingrown in its role as imperialist and capitalist outpost faced by its communist double. The postwar generation, in direct conflict with their fathers, was trying to find its place. The student movement exploded in 1966. The pas de deux between students and the government deteriorated, and radicalized those involved in a gradual escalation of violence and reprisals. From this seething youth emerged the journalist Ulrike Meinhof, filmmaker Holger Meins, students Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin, as well as the lawyer Horst Mahler. When the student movement collapsed at the end of '68, they remained isolated in their radicalism, and desperately sought ways to continue the revolutionary struggle.

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Critic Reviews for A German Youth (Une jeunesse Allemande)

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This documentary is fitfully thought-provoking, and particularly good at illustrating political fault lines of the time.

December 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Fiendishly researched and smartly constructed, "A German Youth" is a formidable piece of documentary detective work focusing on a small but significant historical moment that continues to matter.

October 11, 2019 | Full Review…

This densely layered documentary reveals how members of a disillusioned post-war generation gradually transformed into left-wing militants whose actions would have deadly consequences for all involved.

November 15, 2018 | Full Review…

How refreshing to have a director refuse black-and-white conclusions, knowing that formulating questions is the best way to probe the past and its ramifications.

November 15, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a compelling portrait that masterfully tracks down and assembles footage to document the radicalization of youth in a seemingly stable society on the verge of teetering into oblivion.

February 21, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

A German Youth presents the historical evidence and leaves the audience to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions about how and why the Red Army Faction came to be and how and why they should be remembered.

November 14, 2019 | Full Review…

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