A German Youth
Jean-Gabriel Périot
2015 - 93 min - Archives - Couleur et Noir & Blanc - France, Allemagne, Suisse

At the end of the 1960s the post-war generation began to revolt against their parents. This was a generation disillusioned by anti-communist capitalism and a state apparatus in which they believed they saw fascist tendencies. This generation included journalist Ulrike Meinhof, lawyer Horst Mahler, filmmaker Holger Meins as well as students Gudrun Ensslin and Andreas Baader.
Their protest against the state led to the founding of the Red Army Faction (RAF). Constructed entirely from copious film and audio material, the film describes – without commentary – their gradual transformation and increasing politicisation until they take up armed resistance; it also describes the reactions of the government of the Federal Republic of Germany at the time. Jean-Gabriel Périot’s award-winning short films make elaborate use of archive footage in order to create incisive commentaries on violence and history. Une jeunesse allemande marks his first feature-length film. His work offers an outsider’s view of the Federal Republic of Germany in the RAF era; it also provides a lesson in radical behaviour and society’s reactions to it that is alarmingly topical, although the circumstances may have changed.

Author-Director : Jean-Gabriel Périot
Editing : Jean-Gabriel Périot
Original Music : Alan Mumenthaler
Delegate Producer : Local films
Co-producer : Alina film
Co-producer : Blinker Filmproduktion


Distributor : Films Boutique
Distributor : UFO Distribution


2015 - Scam, Paris (France) : Prix international de la Scam
2015 - Festival international du film de Berlin - Berlinale, Berlin (Allemagne) : Panorama
2015 - Cinéma du réel, Paris (France) : Prix du Jury SSA/Suissimage pour le long métrage suisse le plus innovant
2015 - Visions du Réel, Nyon (Suisse) : Sélection Helvétiques
2015 - Images en bibliothèques, Paris (France) : Film soutenu par la Commission nationale de sélection des médiathèques
2015 - États généraux du film documentaire, Lussas (France) : Sélection Expériences du Regard
2015 - Les Rendez-vous de l'histoire, Blois (France) : Mention