My Life As A Terrorist – The Story Of Hans-Joachim Klein

The Road To Radicalism

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?

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Directed and written by: Alexander Oey
Producer: Submarine
Co-producer: VPRO
Release: 2005
Length: 60 min/ 70 min
Sales agent: Films Transit International,

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Director: Alexander Oey
Photography: Jackó van ’t Hof
Sound: Benny Jansen
Editor: Chris van Oers
Research: Barbara Kist, Fifine Kist
Colorist: Ciris, Ronald van Dieren
Re-recording mixer: Peter Warnier
Online studio: Treffers & Trousers
Subtitling: Hoek & Sonépouse
Line producer: Janneke van de Kerkhof
Commissioning editor VPRO Dokwerk: Maarten Schmidt and Thomas Doebele
Producers: Femke Wolting & Bruno Felix
With special thanks to: Hans-Joachim Klein

This production was supported by the Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund
Developed with the support of the MEDIA Plus Programme of the European Union

A Submarine production in co-production with VPRO

© Submarine / VPRO 2005