Documentary | 2009 | Docu-Drama, History | Great Britain

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LocationsJapan, Lebanon

Project data

    Brief synopsis

    This feature documentary tells the stories of Ulrike Meinhof and Fusako Shigenobu - revolutionary women who emerged from the student movements in Germany and Japan in 1968 to become the leading female "terrorists" of their time. Fuelled by the killing in Vietnam, they set out to destroy capitalist power through world revolution. With capitalism and the Middle East once more in crisis, authors and journalists Bettina Röhl and May Shigenobu explore the lives of their mothers, Ulrike and Fusako. With rare archive footage and key witness testimony, the film explodes the mythology that has grown around two of the most notorious women in contemporary history. As Bettina and May address their mother's actions one question comes to mind: what were they fighting for and what have we learned?


    Director's DepartmentdirectorShane O'Sullivan
    EditingeditorBen Yeates
    ProducerproducerShane O'Sullivan
    Producerassistant to producerMarcella Gasche

    Production companies

    Transmission Films (ehem. e2Films) [uk]