Monday, 14 May 2018

lieber wütend als traurig

Dangerous Minds features the unaired made-for-television screenplay by Ulrike Meinhof that went into production in February of 1970, just before the journalist turned towards a campaign of terror.
Incorporating previous research and reporting assignments on the state of child- and adolescent aid organisations and juvenile detention and custody homes, borstals (Jugend-fürsorge means care for youth but to have “Sorge für” is to agonise about something) in West Germany, Bambule (referring to prisoners rioting behind bars by banging and drumming any items at hand that will make a loud noise—but in French, bamboula has become a kind of slur and shouldn’t be used) was fictionalised account of troubled, institutionalised teens and was filmed in its entirety but never broadcast due to prison-break of Rote Armee Faktion (previously) leader Andreas Baader from facilities in West Berlin on 14 May of that year. Having covered Baader’s protests against the Vietnam War in Frankfurt prior to his incarceration, Meinhof had previously met the charismatic figure’s acquaintance and was convinced to take part in his escape by advocating for his transfer to lower-security research centre under the guise of collaborating on an ethnographic work on the psyche of protest. When the planned peaceful operation turned violent (there were supposed to be no guns) and a by-stander was shot and injured, Meinhof decided to join with Baader and both became fugitives. Read more about Meinhof and the movement as well as watch an English subtitled version of Bambule at the link up top.