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Children of the Revolution 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars (7) IMDb 7.5/10

Documentary in which the daughters of revolutionary leaders Ulrike Meinhof and Fusako Shigenobu reflect on their mothers' lives. Enraged by the killings in the Vietnam War, Meinhof and Shigenobu became determined to bring down capitalist power, training in the Middle East and ultimately becoming two of the most infamous terrorists of their time.

Starring:
Ulrike Meinhof, Fusako Shigenobu
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Genres Drama, Documentary
Director Shane O'Sullivan
Starring Ulrike Meinhof, Fusako Shigenobu
Supporting actors May Shigenobu, Bettina Röhl, Masao Adachi, Astrid Proll, Leila Khaled, Bassam Abu Sharif, Erika Runge, Takaya Shiomi, Kyoko Ohtani, Jutta Lack-Strecker
Studio The Movie Partnership
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Irish writer and documentary director Shane O`Sullivan`s documentary feature which he produced, premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in 2010, was shot on locations in Japan and Germany and is a UK-Ireland co-production. It tells the story about a German Protestant Christian, journalist and co-founder of a West German underground organization called Red Army Faction (1970-1998) named Ulrike Meinhof (1934-1976), who was born in the interwar period in Oldenburg, Germany and during the German student movement in the late 1960s acquainted two militant activists named Gudrun Ensslin and Andreas Baader.

Distinctly and subtly directed by Irish filmmaker Shane O`Sullivan, this quietly paced documentary which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main interviewees` viewpoints, draws an informative and increasingly reflective portrayal of a Japanese author, guerrilla and founder and leader of a terrorist group called the Japanese Red Army (1971-2001) named Fusako Shigenobu who was born in the year that World War II ended in Tokyo, Japan. While notable for its atmospheric milieu depictions and reverent cinematography by cinematographers Bassem Fayad, Robin Probyn and Axel Schneppat, this narrative-driven story about radicalization leading to fanaticism and murder of both radicalized freedom fighters and civilians and how the lives of two daughters have been marred by the lives of their respectively militant and renowned mothers, depicts four interrelated studies of character and contains a great and timely score by composer Gilles Packham.
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This is a fascinating film exploring the lives and times of Ulrike Meinhof(founder of West Germany's Red Army Faction,dead by suicide in prison 1976)and Fusako Shigenobu(founder of Japan's Red Army,doing time in a Japanese jail when this film was made).It's made even more fascinating by being focused around their daughters,Bettina Rohl(abandoned by her mother in Sicily) and May Shigenobu (who was brought up in a sequence of Palestinian camps in Lebanon).
Great archive film,fascinating interviews and some painfully honest reflections-one Japanese revolutionary agreeing that revolution in Japan was impossible,Bettina Rohl's less than happy recollections of her mother.
well worth watching,especially at this price.
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This documentary gives great insight into the personal lives of two absolutely fascinating women. The archive footage is beautiful. I highly recommend it to anybody interested in history.
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If you are interested in the historical period in the mid C20th then this documentary will enhance your understanding. Reported from the perspective reflected by the daughters of Meinhof (Bettina Rohl) and Shigenobu (May Shigenobu); the contrast could not be greater. Whilst Rohl disowns and distances herself from her mother, May Shigenobu, is clear about her love and admiration for her mother.

Referring specifically to Meinhof; the truth about what happend to the Baader Meinhof group remains unclear. For exemple, there are those who question Meinhof's suicide ..... was she executed?
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