JEAN-GABRIEL PéRIOT / Une Jeunesse Allemande




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A German Youth is a feature-length film on the history of the Rote Armee Fraktion (or Red Army Faction, a German revolutionary terrorist group from the 1970s founded notably by Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof), as well as the images generated by this story. The film will be entirely produced by editing preexisting visual and sound archives.
The film aims to question viewers on the significance of this revolutionary movement during its time, as well as its resonance for today’s society.


To carry out this project, we must restore five unreleased films from 67 and 68, which are directly linked to one of the iconic figures of the RAF: Holger Meins. These films to be restored are rare and precious testimonies of these times. Three were made ​​by Holger Meins and he appears in the two others.

The restoration cost is € 30,000. Once these films restored, they will finally be accessible to the greatest number. All backers will be credited on the restored version of these 5 films.

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Machen wir den Tegeler Weg zur Kochstrasse
Let's walk boulevard Tegeler

(Holger Meins, Gerd Conrad, Thomas Giefer…)
1968 / 6'

Film announcing a demonstration the 4th of November 1968 and urging demonstrators to be prepared to fight
BZ ins Klosett

The Berlin newspaper in the toilet

Holger Meins
1967-69 / 6’

Film tract against a famous Berlin newspaper

Holger Meins
1967 /5’30

Film tract against the arrest of a student leader

Johannes Beringer
1967 / 15'32

In this film stands a discussion of students - including Holger Meins - who write a manifesto about what their film school should be.
Traktat (oder Diskurs über Rausch und Revolution)

Tract or discourse on drugs and revolution

Michael Geissler
1967 / 30’30

This film raises the question of using drugs as a revolutionary tool and ends on a discussion between Holger Meins and another student on how to change the world.


Jean-Gabriel Périotoften built his films from existing archives; photographs, films, internet files ... His work goes into a reflection on the polymorphic status of violence in our societies. Everything goes through the power of images, without speech, without comment: a cinema-thought. Through his films, Jean-Gabriel Periot plays with images manipulation: he is fond of syncopated editing, he leaves the aesthetic to elaborate the discourse - a necessarily political one - he goes out of the image to deal with spaces. He likes to confuse the issue by playing on film genres (documentary, experimental, fiction, animation). His films have been selected and awarded at festivals all around the world.


You are thanked in the end credits of the 5 restored films
200 max
You receive a DVD with all restored films exclusively made for backers
max 100
You receive the illustrated script signed by the author and team
max 50
You go with the team for a preview of the film
max 10
Your name in large letters on a board at the beginning of a restored film preceding the mention "presents"

All rewards are cumulative: you automatically get the rewards of lower levels.

Illustrated pag of the script:



Reediting time: bring the strength to the height of a thought, the thought to the height of an expression, the expression to the height of a gaze. Build a phenomenology of small images. Dismounting their order, reediting their hidden coherence. Coming back to anger, which finally found its shape, never forgetting the suffering of the world that aroused it at first.

Georges Didi-Huberman, Reediting time.

In the quote above, Georges Didi-Huberman speaks about the importance of the use and re-editing of archival material in the work of German filmmaker Harun Farocki. I find this idea resonates powerfully with my own work and artistic sensibilities.

Finding a form for anger has been one of my primary goals since I began making films. There is a common theme in my films, an exploration of a fundamental question: why does violence occur?
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A film exclusively determined by its editing is a rare thing in cinema. It sure exists: lots of films use archive footages, though those are mainly produced by television or are educational documentaries. Une Jeunesse Allemande is not a film about “the tragic fate of a small group of terrorists”, neither an historical movie which intends to instruct the audience using processes such as voice over, pedantic commentaries or survivor’s testimonies. The film we are talking about is a film I would describe as an « organic » film, a fusional project which goes beyond the frontiers of an ordinary documentary. It's all about revealing images from the past, seen through the prism of the eyes of the filmmaker, benefiting from his singularity, his questions, his position-taking purposes. Through this way of working with footages, the point is to explore some divisive zones in our collective History (such as Marcel Ophüls' Le Chagrin et la Pitié or Chris Marker's Le Fond de l'air est Rouge) to suggest some pioneering cinematographic forms, from experimental films to visual poetry, and find some echoes with our present life.
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