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Meuthen's Party


An ultra nationalist right-wing party is on the rise in Germany. As a polite economics professor campaigns as an Alternative for Germany candidate in the state parliamentary election, frontline access exposes the startling reach of his seemingly rational rhetoric. (Hot Docs)


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 its 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)

  • Marc Eberhardt
  • Theresa Bacza
  • Pablo Ben Yakov
  • Roland Scheliga
    Color Correction
  • Simon Peter
    Sound Design & Mix
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Meuthen's Party
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 33 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 20, 2017
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    Digital HD
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  • Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg
    April 21, 2017
  • Hot Docs
    April 29, 2017
    International Premiere
  • dokKa
    May 28, 2017
  • Festival Dei Popoli
    October 10, 2017
    Italian Premiere
  • Ji.hlava IDFF
    Czech Republic
    October 28, 2017
    East European Premiere
  • Kasseler Dokumentar- & Videofest
    November 15, 2017
  • FILMZ Festival des deutschen Kinos
    December 2, 2017
  • Docs & Talks
    Copenhagen / Aarhus
    February 25, 2018
    Scandinavian Premiere
  • One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
    Czech Republic
    March 7, 2018
  • Nonfiktionale Bad Aibling
    Bad Aibling
    March 8, 2018
  • Crossing Europe
    April 25, 2018
    Austrian Premiere
  • Sehsüchte
    April 26, 2018
    Winner Best Feature Documentary
  • ASTRA International Film Festival
    October 18, 2018
    Romanian Premiere
    Docschool Competition
  • VERZIO Human Rights Film Festival
    November 7, 2018
    Hungarian Premiere
Distribution Information
  • Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
    Country: Germany
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Marc Eberhardt

Holds a BA in German Philology and Philosophy from the University of Potsdam. Between 2011 and 2013 he studied documentary film making at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. He is currently studying documentary film making at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.


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RECEPTION CENTER II | 2016 | Co-director with Pablo Ben Yakov | Feature-length Documentary | Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg | SWR Junger Dokumentarfilm | Premiered at FILMZ – Festival des deutschen Kinos 2016

HERZLICH WILLKOMMEN | 2015 | Co-director with Pablo Ben Yakov | Short Documentary | 16mm | Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg | Premiered at STIFF – Student International Film Festival Rijeka 2016

DAS HERZ VON STUTTGART | 2015 | Co-director with André Krummel | Animated Documentary | Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg | Premiered at ITFS 2016

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Director Statement

What was your motivation and why did you choose this subject?

I grew up in Baden-Württemberg and know the region well. Including this male dominated pub atmosphere, as depicted in the film. The AfD’s success scared me at first. That was my immediate feeling. Then I started to ask myself how this rhetoric of „I‘m not a Nazi, but...“ had returned? How do these people think? How do they manage to make these resentments
socially acceptable again. One needs a breeding ground for this to happen. Maybe it is facilitated here because Baden-Württemberg never had a broad anti-fascist movement. After the „Third Reich“ many people just carried on. A thin layer of normality grew, which is now cracking and what appears underneath manifests itself also in the appearance of the AfD.

How did you first get in touch and how did you establish a relationship with Meuthen?
Politicians like him are usually quite careful with cameras?

I went to one of his political rallies and just approached him. He was interested in hearing me out. Although, a few days later on the phone he was backing up a little. I told him that I see the AfD’s entrance into the parliament of Baden-Württemberg as an historical event, which I would like to document. He agreed to that.

What were the rules during shooting? Did you have other meetings beforehand?

Actually I started shooting right from the beginning. We agreed that he will get to see the film before its release. And his family was to be excluded. That was not a problem for me, I always wanted to show the public figure, not the private person Jörg Meuthen. Of course every now and then he asked me to stop the camera when he was discussing internal affairs or anything private.

How was your personal relationship with Meuthen?

During the shoot we had a good relationship. Maybe because I am a male white heterosexual and I was shaved, I didn‘t stand out. Maybe it was also helpful that I filmed alone, without a crew, for most of the time. At one point I simply became part of the entourage and no one from the party ever asked what I was doing or why I´m doing it. I could do whatever I wanted.
For example, he never asked me about my own political views. I think, he actually enjoyed having me around and maybe he was flattered. He might have been seduced by his own vanity as he was under the impression of having his own court reporter.

You are saying you kept a low profile and simply observed.
Overall, the film has a slow pace. What attitude are you conveying by this?

In general, I didn’t ask a lot of questions. It was not my intention to begin a controversial argument. One can hide behind the camera and observe through the lens. I wanted to capture his very rapid rise. He used to be a professor in economics, leaves his job to become a politician and now elderly women tell him: „I am praying for you to win the election!“ My intention was to capture this atmosphere, where noisy nationalist forces strive for a right-wing revolution. They strive for attention and generate it with scandals. I didn‘t want to feed this machinery because the media and the AfD would benefit. It is the subtleties between the lines of what you see and hear that matters. The slow narrative invites people to think about themselves
and their own views while watching the film. At least that is what I hope for.