GOETHE FILMS: Radical - Exiting Extremism

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Presented by the Goethe-Institut Toronto
with the Toronto Jewish Film Society, TJFF & Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre

Outrage, hatred, excess — exit? What draws or drives people to the radical fringes of expression and action, what can get them out?  In an era of global authoritarianism, with extremist movements attracting a motley crew of followers –male, female, political, religious, opportunist– what can be done to counteract the lure of the pied pipers and (re-)integrate former fanatics into civil society? 
GOETHE FILMS offers a recent feature and two documentaries, with filmmaker and expert introductions, and a further watch list, to shine a light on the dangers of violent intolerance and the dangers of turning a blind eye.
In the documentary “Renegades – A Long Way Home,” we get an idea of what it means to shift back from the life-changing decision of young European men to join the Islamic State and how it impacts their families.
David Wnendt’s feature film drama “Combat Girls” explores similar outlines, illustrating the right-wing radicalization of a young woman in Germany. Turning her back on civil society, she joins a neo-Nazi group until she finds a reason to search for a way out of an inhuman and violent mindset.
The third angle points the camera towards the lifestyle and radical conviction of left-wing figure Jan “Monchi” Gorkow, a former soccer hooligan. “Wild Heart” by Charly Hübner and Sebastian Schultz documents the life of the singer of one of the most relevant contemporary punk bands from eastern Germany, his roots and his journey towards becoming a controversial public figure (under intelligence surveillance) in the name of his anti-racist and anti-fascist engagement.
4-6 March 2021 6pm-6pm streaming window
"The Renegades" – A Long Way Home" (Germany, 2020, 75 min.), documentary directed by Mariam  Noori & Lisa Maria Hagen, starring Meral Keskin, Oliver N., Wolfgang Blaschitz, Ismail Özen-Otto, Clemens Desero and others. International premiere!
8-10 March 2021 6pm-6pm streaming window
"Wild Heart" (Germany, 2017, 88 min.), documentary directed by Charly Hübner & Sebastian Schultz, starring Jan “Monchi” Gorkow, Kai Irrgang, Olaf Ney, Christoph Sell and others. Canadian premiere!
11-13 March 2021 6pm-6pm streaming window
"Combat Girls" (Germany, 2011, 103 min.), drama directed by David Wnendt, starring Alina Levshin, Jella Haase, Gerdy Zint, Lukas Steltner and others.

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