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Lost Sons

Lost Sons

In the US he is known as "Fuehrer-Ex", charismatic, magnetic, fascinating: Ingo Hasselbach, one of the cult leaders of the German Neonazis. In 1993, he left the movement in a dramatic gesture and published three books. He has become a compulsive media figure and worldwide bestselling author on the "Far Right". Since then, Hasselbach has converted and wants to warn young people of the darkness of right-wing extremism. He is still in search for a normal life, still chased by his former comrades who want to kill him. Together with Swedish director Fredrik von Krusenstjerna he undertakes a fascinating journey into his troubled past. One trace leads to his father Hans Canje (69) who was one of the few survivors of a Hitler Youth bataillon and a fervent believing Nazi. An encounter with a concentration camp prisoner turned his life upside down. Hans became a convinced Communist, prosecuted and imprisoned by the West German State. In 1963, he escaped to the GDR where he rose to become one of the heads of the state propaganda machine.

Lost Sons investigates a gripping and multilayered story of a father and son. What made one a Communist, and the other a Nazi?
Genre History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2001
Director Fredrik von Krusenstjerna
Screenplay Fredrik von Krusenstjerna
Cinematography Peter Dörfler
Leon Flamholc
Cast Ingo Hasselbach, Hans-Georg Canje, Jens Pfannschmidt
Producer Jens Meurer
Production Companies Egoli Films/Munich, Story AB, Stockholm, in co-production with Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures, ARTE, Bayerischer Rundfunk, SVT Swedish Public TV, Stockholm, Daenisches Fernsehen, Daenisches und Schwedisches Filminstitut
Length 80 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
With backing from MEDIA

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