Cast & Crew
Daniele Von Arb
In 1970, a few 16-year-olds founded a revolutionary cell in Zurich Altstetten and went underground. They shared a commitment to revolutionary struggle, but co-director Marcel Zwingli left the cell over positions on the revolutionary possibility of LSD versus armed struggle. Today Daniele von Arb, a Zurich fortune-teller, laughs at the irrationality of his revolutionary conviction in the 70s, yet his co-conspirators in a plot to assassinate the Shah of Iran are less forthcoming. Urs Stadelis, now a nurse, seems quietly wise, and while not proud, unrepentant about their bombings and connections to the Baader-Meinhoff gang. The third former cell member refused participation. Moving beyond sensationalism, there is an effort to explore the historical moment of international revolutionary brigades in the 70s, a time when Switzerland was a major exporter of weapons to Franco's Spain.
Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival (Nonfiction Features/ in competition) September 27 - October 12, 2001.
35mm from 35mm and 8mm