Children of the Revolution (18)
Friday 26 August 2011
Shane O'Sullivan's thoughtful, probing documentary looks at terrorist organisations the Baader Meinhof Group and the Japanese Red Army from the point of view of two women: Bettina Rohl (the daughter of Ulrike Meinhof) and May Shigenobu (daughter of Red Army leader Fuksako Shigenobu).
Rohl is critical of Meinhof (who committed suicide in 1976) and tells traumatic stories about being plucked away to Jordan to be trained as a freedom fighter in an orphan's camp. May remains fiercely loyal to her mother and to the Palestinian cause. The characters and events here have been exhaustively chronicled elsewhere, but the film's strength lies in its intimate family perspective.
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