Starbuck Holger Meins

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A documentary portrait of Holger Meins, the Red Army Faction member who died in Stammheim prison, following a hunger strike in 1974. His painful death was the culmination of a journey from art school, via film-making, to increasingly militant actions against the Vietnam War, media monopolies and corporate control. Friends contribute numerous memories, there are clips from his short work and valuable archive footage of both the times and his creatively oppositional community. If, finally, we do not come away with a clear sense of the man's interior motivation, this is partly because so much of his identity was bound up in the larger social frame, one well-communicated in this intelligent work. Meins' codename 'Starbuck', incidentally, was drawn from Moby-Dick.

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Duration: 90 mins

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Director: Gerd Conradt
Screenwriter: Gerd Conradt, Hartmut Jahn
Cast: Michael Ballhaus
Suzanne Beyeler
Manfred Blessmann
George Clooney
Gretchen Dutschke
Enzio Edschmid
Harun Farocki
Thomas Giefer
Alfred Klaus
Rainer Langhans
Wilhelm Meins
Wolfgang Petersen
Margrit Schiller
Ulrike Meinhof
Holger Meins
Otto Schily
Mark Wahlberg
Rudi Dutschke
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