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Free Spaces – The Youth Center Movement in Germany

The student revolt, the awakening, the sexual revolution, dealing with the national-socialist past in post-war germany, all of this has been widely discussed on many levels in recent years, research has been conducted and countless books and films have dealt with the "1968 movement". One can say that by this time 1968 has become part of the founding myth of the Berlin Republic.

However, it is largely unknown that only a short time later, the ideas and demands of the 68ers should manifest themselves in another youth movement. In the early 1970s, thousands of young people in West Germany tried to establish self-governing youth centers in their towns and cities in order to create their own meeting places for leisure activities without a compulsion to buy and without beeing controled by the parent generation.

With slogans like "What we want: free time without control", they took to the streets collecting signatures and arguing with local politicians. Following the 1968 revolt, youth initiative groups had formed in a large number of cities and towns.

With the youth center movement and the establishment of hundreds of self-governing youth centers, political and cultural upheavals also took place in the "countryside", and the politicized youth culture of the time spread in rural, suburban and urban areas. Free Spaces explores this movement, almost forgotten by historiography, and tries to find out what is left of it.

  • Tobias Frindt
  • Tobias Frindt
  • Bernd Köhler
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  • Anette Enders
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  • Silke Brockmann
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  • Werner Schretzmeier
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  • Barbara Straube
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  • Ingo Hoppe
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  • Carmen Karr
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  • Michael Damboer
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  • Christine Psutka
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  • Torsten Walker
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  • Johannes Litty
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  • Pablo Charlemoine
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  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Freie Räume – Eine Geschichte der Jugendzentrumsbewegung
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    1 hour 41 minutes
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    May 1, 2019
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    4,000 USD
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Director Biography - Tobias Frindt

Tobias Frindt lives in Mannheim in the southwest of Germany and is currently doing his Master's in Communication Design. During his bachelor's studies he made several music videos and short experimental films.
In 2015 he worked as assistant director with filmmakers Dietmar Post and Lucia Palacios on "German Pop and Circumstances". A documentary about the interplay between pop culture and right-wing extremist ideology. Nominated for the Grimme Prize 2016 (German Tv-Oscars).
Free Spaces, a film about the youth centre movement in Germany, is now his first feature-length documentary.

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