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Starbuck - Holger Meins

Starbuck - Holger Meins
Scenes from "Starbuck - Holger Meins" (photo © Gerd Conradt)

Twenty-five years after the death of Holger Meins, filmmaker and former student friend of the deceased, Gerd Conradt takes an in-depth look at the helmsman of the Baader-Meinhof gang. Who was Holger Meins? What led him into the underground? What circumstances resulted in his death, a death which made him the declared symbol of the radical opposition in Germany? What remains of his legacy?

Berlin 1967: A group of young film students start with their studies, among them Hamburg-born Holger Meins. Five years later, Meins is arrested as a member of the Baader-Meinhof-Group. The news images are broadcasted around the world. In 1974, the first prisoner from the Red Army Faction dies as the result of a hunger strike: Holger Meins.

The decisive moments in Holger Meins' biography represent the potentialities of the lives of a whole post-war generation, whereby each document has its own history.
Genre History, Drama
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2001
Director Gerd Conradt
Screenplay Gerd Conradt, Hartmut Jahn
Cinematography Armin Fausten, Hans Rombach, Phillip Virus
Neliah Ibeh
Lars Loehn
Cast Michael Ballhaus, Harun Farocki, Greta Schiller, Suzanne Beyeler, Thomas Giefer, Manfred Blessmann, Enzio Edschmid, Rainer Langhans, Peter Lilienthal, Wilhelm Meins, Gretchen Dutschke, Wolfgang Petersen, Alfred Klaus, Verena Reichhardt, Christian Brückner
Producer Hartmut Jahn
Production Company Jahn Filmproduktion/Hanover-Berlin
Runtime 90 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Leipzig 2001 (in competition), Rotterdam 2002, Goethenburg 2002, Vienna 2002, Valladolid 2002
With backing from NDR Filmfoerderung in Niedersachsen, NordMedia, MEDIA
German Distributor Neue Visionen Filmverleih

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