DVD: My Life As A Terrorist


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On December 21, 1975, six terrorists from the Revolutionary Cells, led by Carlos ‘The Jackal’ forced their way into the conference room of the OPEC headquarters in Vienna and took seventy ministers hostage. A gun battle with the police ensued, and three people were killed. One terrorist was seriously wounded. The terrorists managed to escape to Algiers with a few hostages and the wounded man. There the hostages were released. The wounden terrorist was Hans-Joachim Klein. In “Hans-Joachim Klein: My life as a terrorist” the former terrorist looks back for the first time on the life he has led. The documentary shows how personal events in the life of an individual can lead to radicalism and terrorism. Alexander Oey portrays Klein’s daily life as a farmer in the Normandy countryside while Klein tells his life story. He also accomponied the former terrorist on a trip to Germany, where Klein meets with old friends and allies such as Member of the European Parliament Daniel Cohn-Bendit. Can they remember the moment when a divergence of opinions arose between those who became radical and those who decided to stay on a straight path?


Director: Alexander Oey
Scenario: Alexander Oey
Producer: Submarine Channel
Co-Producer: VPRO
Release: 2006
Length: 60 minutes