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Meuthen's Party

Documentary

93 Minutes / 2017

SYNOPSIS

Anti-immigrant and pro traditional social values, Germany’s new populist party, AfD (Alternative for Germany), is poised for a fight in the 2016 state elections. Enter a polite economics professor, Dr. Jörg Meuthen. Averse to the bluster of fervent hard-liners, he takes a quiet, rational approach, hoping to win uninitiated minds first and “deplorable” hearts second.

So unassuming, Meuthen thinks nothing of allowing student filmmaker Marc Eberhardt to accompany him on his campaign trail. Rolling out his strategy of reason and facts on the middle class in beer halls, he quells jeering crowds of protestors by finding common ground, inciting conversation rather than invective.

But it’s at his party’s national convention where he shows his true political face, as the camera pulls back to reveal the far more worrying scale of AfD’s base and leadership. What results is an unexpected, unvarnished primer on the rise of the new normalized right.

(Hot Docs, Myrocia Watamaniuk)

CREDITS

Director / DoP / Sound
Marc Eberhardt

Produced by
Theresa Bacza

Editor
Pablo Ben Yakov

Color Grading & Artwork
Roland Scheliga

Sound Design & Re-Recording Mix
Simon Peter

Production Company
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Premiered at
Hot Docs, Toronto

FESTIVALS

Hot Docs, Toronto

Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg

DokKa, Karlsruhe

Festival dei Popoli, Florence

Ji.hlava IDFF

Kasseler Dokumentar- & Videofilmfest

FILMZ, Mainz

Docs & Talks, Copenhagen

One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Prague

Nonfiktionale, Bad Aibling

Crossing Europe, Linz

Sehsüchte, Potsdam
Awarded for Best Documentary Feature