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The Provinces, the Revolt and the Life there after

The wish to "live together and work for political causes" was one which united 41 young people who moved into the former "Kronenburg" hotel in 1974 in the Westphalian diocesan town of Münster. Amongst them were students, trainees, working people, a handful of children - and the author of this film. 30 years on he now goes in search of 6 former companions. What became of their common dream? How has time shaped them and which of the old ideals still play a role in their everyday lives today?

The protagonists talk of radical change – of the loftiest of demands and of a great commitment to create a freer life: with an independent shared house as a counter to the little petty bourgeois family model; in their struggle for women’s liberation; in their commitment for the local district; in their work with the young and prisoners and especially with the anti-nuclear movement. The independent "Kronenburg" pub was the meeting place for the alternative left-wing scene in Münster and a bone of contention for the town.

A police spokesman recalls his time on patrol when the "Kronenburg" was under surveillance and breaches of the peace were brought to an end by police in their hundreds. The film also lets local neighbours and regulars from the pub opposite have their say - people who still think anarchists, junkies and members of the Red Army Faction lived in the building.

What did the "nutcases" achieve and what has become of them? A freelance theatre director, a graphic designer, a primary school teacher, a doctor, an office worker and a music teacher attempt to provide some honest answers. Each of them tries to live their - on the whole rather unspectacular - everyday life in a socially responsible manner. Each of them still looks beyond the limitations of their own existence. And maybe you can say they all still kept moving. None of them contented themselves with comfortable solutions. The struggle for world revolution was easier than the trials and tribulations of everyday life. As music teacher Maria says to her off-beat sounding children’s orchestra: "Play quietly and listen more carefully – it’s always easier to play loudly than quietly. When you play quietly you can hear the others much better."

"A both entertaining and profound documentary"?(Gitta Düperthal, Neues Deutschland)

"An important feature on the history of the republic in the 1970s"?(Klaus-Peter Heß, westline Kinokritik)