Kleine Germanen - Eine Kindheit in der rechten Szene
- 1h 25min
Our children grow up in a world ruled by extremes: the fight for freedom and democracy on one side and the call for national isolation on the other side. LITTLE GERMANS combines animation an... Read allOur children grow up in a world ruled by extremes: the fight for freedom and democracy on one side and the call for national isolation on the other side. LITTLE GERMANS combines animation and documentary film to tell the stories of children that are born into extreme right-wing f... Read allOur children grow up in a world ruled by extremes: the fight for freedom and democracy on one side and the call for national isolation on the other side. LITTLE GERMANS combines animation and documentary film to tell the stories of children that are born into extreme right-wing families. From a young age on they are conditioned to hate everything that seems "foreign".... Read all
A second part consists of on-camera interviews with some main figures of the intellectual (and not so intellectual) new right. They were given a platform offering insight in their own upbringing and their value system that is strictly opposed to a multi-cultural society and clearly anti-muslim. There is also one person who used to consider himself very xenophobic and far right - also due to his upbringing and thus transported believe-system - who while studying in Canada changed his views radically. While they are delivering their ideas on why they think it's important to keep a cultural identity as germanic people, there is not much argument that counters their standpoint. The far right views trigger deeply rooted fears: The idea of a vanishing cultural identity that will be replaced by muslim believes. That strong emotional hypothesis is not really countered by facts nor the question why it is bad to be open for other cultural influences from other cultures? Obviously this is not the point of this documentary, as this is about the upbringing and education of children to be proper far right citizens in the future. But the non-discussion of these points triggered by the interviewees left me with feeling of uneasyness.
Additionally there are surplus "audio only" statements by specialists of right-wing extremism who offer their perspective of things. It stroke me odd that they only appear on the voice track and not in person. I somehow feel this was a conscious decision by the film makers, yet it left me also with a strange feeling of discomfort.
There's also hidden camera footage from neo nazi holiday camps for kids, albeit very short.
All in all the film didn't tell me anything I didn't know already. The mix of media and narrative forms didn't do the film any good - au contraire, it distracted me from the actual theme. I guess in today's documentaries the artistic form - the surface - is much more important, than the content. Or to better rephrase that - it is felt that the content alone is not enough to make a great documentary - you need to have added elements - a lot of stock footage to illustrate EVERYTHING, a lot of superficial music, artistic / poetic narration - to make it work.
I, for one, are content with a well executed argument and information when it comes to documentaries.
- Dec 3, 2019