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Kiyoshi Kurosawa

I DISCOVERED Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s film Cure (1997) while working on Pariah, a film about Ulrike Meinhof that deals with the “spell” cast by leaders over followers and with the conditions that promote violent solutions to social problems. Meinhof, a widely respected journalist and social critic, had not only depicted these conditions in a fictional girls’ reformatory in the television film Bambule (from which my film takes extensive footage), but turned to violence herself, under the ideological influence of Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin. On May 14, 1970, Meinhof literally leaped (with Baader, from the window of a prison library) out of her country’s intellectual elite into a new status as outlaw and terrorist. The broadcast of Bambule scheduled to air ten days later was canceled, and Meinhof’s film wouldn’t appear on German television until 1994.

What is it that impels someone to abandon

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