(Allemagne, 2017, 93 min)
De Marc Eberhardt
Seemingly easy-going economics professor Jörg Meuthen is running for parliament on the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party ticket. A behind the scenes view of his successful campaign reveals the true character of a man who, with a smile on his face, promotes racist tendencies within society.
Aware that some extreme right-wing politicians are viewed as rabble-rousing idiots, Meuthen decided to take a different approach – he presents himself as a serious, objective politician who bases his opinions on facts rather than emotions. He does not hesitate to accept a young student director’s offer to shoot a documentary closely following his activities. In his feature film debut, Marc Eberhardt takes a purely objective approach – he observes, without commentary, the entire campaign, from putting up posters under cover of darkness to speaking in local pubs in an effort to engage the middle class, and ending with his flamboyant address to thousands at the nationwide party conference. The film provides unembellished evidence of just how pervasive his seemingly rational rhetoric has become.