Iconic Mad Max villain Hugh Keays-Byrne has died

The 73-year-old comedian played the characters of Toecutter in 1979 and Immortan Joe in 2015 in the George Miller franchise.

A dead silence rages on the deserted roads of Mad Max. Hugh Keays-Byrne, iconic villain of George Miller’s film franchise, died on December 1 at age 73. The actor left his mark on the post-apocalyptic genre in cinema. In 1979, he played Toecutter, the leader of a biker gang who wanted Mel Gibson’s skin, in the original film. 36 years later, he returns as villainous Immortan Joe in Mad Max : Fury Road.

Born in India in Srinagar, Hugh Keays-Byrne moved to England to study theater by participating in productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company. During a tour in Australia with the company for an adaptation of the work A Midsummer Night’s dream, he falls in love with the country. The actor then decides to stay there in order to pursue his acting career. A crucial decision that allowed him to meet Australian director George Miller.

In a Facebook post, Brian Trenchard-Smith announced the death of the actor with whom he had worked in 1975 on the film Hong Kong man. «Hugh Keays-Byrne was a good actor and a good friend. He had a generous heart, offering a helping hand to those in need, or a place to stay for a homeless teenager, says the director. He cared about social justice and the preservation of the environment long before these questions became fashionable. His life was governed by his sense of the oneness of humanity. His example and his friendship will be missed.»

The actress Charlize Theron also paid a tribute to the actor whom she could meet on the set of Mad Max : Fury Road. «It’s amazing that you could have played an evil warlord so well when you had such a beautiful and kind soul. We will miss you very much my friend.»

Hugh Keays-Byrne has distinguished himself in other, less popular film works, such as Snapshot, The land where green ants dream, For Love Alone, Blood of heroes or Resistance. On television, he appeared in several series and TV movies, such as Farscape, Moby Dick and Journey to the Center of the Earth.

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Sons of Philadelphia, Jeremie Guez’s movie has a trailer

Watch the Sons of Philadelphia trailer

Initially scheduled for January 13, 2021, Sons of Philadelphia will finally hit theaters on December 30. To keep the public patient, a trailer has just been uploaded. The pictures show that the film is in the boxes of the black polar the American, with a lot of violence.

Find Matthias Schoenaerts in the title role

The scene of the film was filmed in the United States, in English and with an international cast. Matthias Schoenaerts holds the main character. He shares the bill with Joel Kinnaman and the actress Maika Monroe. Paul Schneider and Ryan Philippe will also be present.

Matthias Schoenaerts in Sons of Philadelphia by Jrmie Guez AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL

Learn more about the synopsis

Adapted from the novel Brotherly love by Pete Dexter, the plot of Sons of Philadelphia follows Peter, a little thug, who as a child was raised in a Mafia family after his father’s mysterious death. Thirty years after the drama, he works alongside Michael. From now on, he would like to stop, but the violent character of his cousin, which bothers the Italians, will not help matters.

A point on the director of this feature film

Sons of Philadelphia is not the first project of Jrmie Guez. In 2018, he released his first production entitled Bluebird on VOD. But before that, he worked as a screenwriter in Yves Saint Laurent in 2014 or in 2016 with Iris.

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Wonder Woman 84, Drunk, Mandibles … What can we see in the cinema from December 15?

With more than ten new releases and twenty feature films that had not finished their career when the cinemas closed at the end of October, viewers will be spoiled for choice. And, unlike the first confinement, the theaters will reopen with a Hollywood blockbuster.

Despite the decision of the American directors of Disney (experienced as a betrayal on the part of the French operators) who rocked Soul, the last Pixar on the Disney + platform, families should be particularly spoiled for the holiday season with no less twelve films to watch on the big screen. While operators rely heavily on The Wolf People, There will also be The Elfkins: Pastry operation, My grandfather and me, Lupin III : The First, Rotten dog – life in Paris!, Calamity, Trolls 2, Poly, Little vampire, The whale and the snail, The owl in a chef’s hat and 100% loup. Do not throw any more.

Regulars at arthouse theaters too will be spoiled for choice between Drunk by Thomas Vinterberg, ADN by Maïwenn, Boy Cloth by Nicolas Maury, Mandibles by Quentin Dupieux and Goodbye idiots by Albert Dupontel. These operators had wanted to be able to reopen with a “white week” to understand, without any new developments. The idea was to thank the distributors, directors and actors whose films released in October had not finished their careers. ADN and Boy Cloth were for example only showing 48 hours since they were released on Wednesday, October 27, two days before the cinemas close again. When you know that they represent several years of work for their directors Maïwenn and Nicolas Maury, it’s hard. The idea was to give them maximum chance before the arrival of new products. The government did not hear them.

Multiplexes will focus primarily on American entertainment films, Wonder Woman 84 . As in September with Tenet of Christopher Nolan, Warner decided to symbolically help cinemas. The directors of the studio went so far as to agree to release this film in France, nine days before the United States. At a time when piracy is raging, this is not trivial. In doing so, Warner shows other majors (Universal, Fox, Sony, Disney …) that releasing a blockbuster right now is possible.

As long as it does not occupy too many screens, this superhero film should make young people want to come back and see other films made for them like the police comedy. 30 days Max de Tarek Boudali, Little Zombies by Makoto Nagahisa et Slalom by Charlène Favier.

The multiplexes will catch up with the February holidays with a series of French blockbusters. First Aline by Valérie Lemercier and The Tuches 4 by Olivier Barroux then OSS117 by Nicolas Bedos at Easter. The release date of Kaamelott by Alexandre Astier which is the next big French film ready, has still not been announced. Finally, the only period that risks leaving cinemas empty is January 2021.

The list of releases below will change depending on negotiations between distributors and exhibitors. It will be updated regularly.

The news

Wonder Woman 84 .- The sequel to the adventures of Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman. This time the action takes place in the 80s. Directed by Patty Jenkins, music by Hans Zimmer with Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal.

The wolf people.- After the formidable Song of the sea Oscar nominated, here is the new fantasy adventure animated film from Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart. The exhibitors rely heavily on this poetic film which will appeal to adults and children alike.

Slalom.- Directed by Charlène Favier, this first film in the world of ski competitions tells about this special moment when everything can go wrong between a trainer and a young sportswoman. It was shot in Les Arcs and was selected for the last Cannes Film Festival. Its main actress Noée Abita is named as Revelations of Caesar 2021.

Mandibles.- Quentin Dupieux’s new intimate and quirky film with David Marsais, Grégoire Ludig and Adèle Exarchopoulos. Jean-Gab and Manu, simple-minded friends, find a giant fly stuck in the trunk of a car and set out to train it to earn money with it.

Little Zombies.- Japanese musical film by Makoto Nagahisa. Their parents are dead. They should be sad, yet they don’t cry. Instead, Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura put together an explosive rock band.

Without particular sign. Mexican film by Fernanda Valadez. Magdalena crosses Mexico in search of her son. During her trip, she meets a young man who has just been deported from the United States.

The flavor of quinces. Bulgarian film by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov. Vasil, a 70-year-old artist (Ivan Barnev) has just lost his wife. Convinced that she has been trying to get in touch with him from the afterlife, he enlists the help of a medium.

Violet Evergarden.- In the sequel to this Japanese manga directed by Taichi Ischidate, Violet is still unable to forget Gilbert, her former supervisor. One day, while receiving a request from a young client, she discovers a letter ….

The Elfkins: Pastry operation.- German animated film directed by Ute von Münchow-Pohl. Elfie, little Elfkins lives in the secret world of elves. She dreams of meeting humans. While going on an adventure, she comes across Théo, a grumpy pastry chef whose recipes no longer appeal to everyone.

143 Desert Street.- Directed by Hassen Ferhani, this Algerian film looks at Malika who writes her story in her house in the middle of the desert.

The return of films that had not finished their career

Drunk.- The critically acclaimed new film by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg starring Madds Mikkelsen is enjoying excellent word of mouth. Because of the second confinement, it was only on view for two weeks in October. A must see.

ADN.- Selected at Cannes, the new Maïwenn was only showing 48 hours before the cinemas closed at the end of October. Neige, divorced and mother of three, regularly visits her grandfather. Her death triggers a storm in the family and a deep identity crisis in her.

Rag Boy.- In the extended selection of Cannes, this first film by Nicolas Maury returns to the poster. Jeremy, in his thirties, struggles to get his acting career off the ground. His private life is damaged by his jealousy. He leaves Paris and tries to rebuild himself with his mother. With Nicolas Maury and Nathalie Baye.

Max 30 days – Police comedy by and with Tarek Boudali as well as Philippe Lacheau, Julien Arruti and Vanessa Guide. Rayane young cowardly cop mistakenly thinks that he has only thirty days to live. He turns into a hothead who takes all the risks to corner a drug kingpin.

Poly .- Very nice film for the children of Nicolas Vanier with François Cluzet and Julie Gayet.

Goodbye idiots. The new Albert Dupontel with Virginie Efira

Of them .- This film by Filippo Meneghetti released in February will finally represent France at the Oscars in 2021. Nina and Madeleine, two neighbors on the top floor of a building (Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier) are deeply in love with each other and share their life together). No one really knows them, not even Madeleine’s caring daughter (Léa Drucker).

Miss .- After The golden cage, Ruben Alves returns with a film on tolerance. In the cast: Alexandre Wetter, Pascale Arbillot, Isabelle Nanty, Thibault de Montalembert and Stéfi Celma.

Michelangelo .- An Andrey Konhalovsky biopic on which arthouse theaters rely a lot.

Little Vampire.- Joann Sfar’s new animated film with the voices of Camille Cottin and Alex Lutz.

Peninsula.- For zombie lovers, the sequel to the South Korean triumph Last Train to Busan. Signed Sang-Ho Yeon, this film was also selected at Cannes. The obligation to be out of cinemas at 9 p.m. will not help this genre film, which is rather calibrated for evening sessions.

100% loup.- Animated film by Alexs Stadermann produced by Studio 100, a French company (The great adventure by Maya the Bee). Freddy and his family have been hiding a great secret for centuries. By day they are humans, by night they become werewolves.

Lupin III, The First .- Japanese animated film by Takashi Yamakazi. Between traps, aerial escapades and absurd escapes, Lupine and the members of his band compete in spirit and daring.

The Whale and the Snail.- Children’s film in which a female sea snail sets off on a journey across the oceans of the globe with a humpback whale.

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Swimming was also possible! (neue-deutschland.de)

It is well known that Northern Europe is a popular summer destination during the “White Nights”. But why do you go to Tallinn in the cold and dark time at the end of November? Well, to go to the cinema! And cinema means quality cinema, Estonia is a particularly cinephile country. For 24 years, the Baltic Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) has been attracting specialist audiences and viewers not only from the region. It has now become the largest cinema forum in Northern Europe. The PÖFF also includes the short film festival PÖFF Shorts with a large animation section, the children and youth film festival Just Film and the audio-visual industry platform Industry @ Tallinn as well as the Baltic Event. International accreditation – PÖFF is on an equal footing with Berlin, Cannes and Venice – and the duration of two weeks gives many visitors great opportunities to exchange ideas on film.

But this year everything is different. The film industry is also badly hit by the corona pandemic, and the continent is currently in a second lockdown. It is all the more astonishing that the organizers managed to keep the festival in Tallinn still as a hybrid festival. There were physical demonstrations on site as well as virtual broadcasts for the public – and a dedicated online platform for the accredited specialist audience. Between November 13th and 29th, PÖFF showed 172 full-length feature films, 28 short films and 13 series.

A comprehensive and very up-to-date accompanying program has particularly enhanced the festival. The European Film Forum in Tallinn addressed the question of how the interrupted value chain between creators, producers, distributors and audiences can be rebuilt. In addition, a new initiative for the worldwide introduction of the copyright infrastructure established in Europe was presented. Filmmakers and officials exchanged experiences of crises.

In any case, the Black Nights Film Festival plays a major connecting role in and outside of the Baltic States, but the Goethe-Institut Estonia also cooperates with PÖFF and presents the most important German films of the cinema year in the festival series “New German Film”. This year Germany was also highlighted as a guest country. Films such as the love drama “Undine” by Christian Petzold, the thriller “Cortex” by Moritz Bleibtreu and the feature film “Home” by Franka Potente were shown. Also worth mentioning in this context is the opening film “Enfant Terrible” by Oskar Roehler, a homage to the great German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

The multiple award-winning German director Margarethe von Trotta, who has her roots in the Baltic States, was honored with the prize for her life’s work as one of the key figures in New German Cinema. The PÖFF Grand Prix for the best film went to the Bulgarian entry »Fear« by Ivaylo Hristov – a mixture of drama and deadpan comedy. The film deals primarily with refugee issues and racism. The Turkish director Nisan Dağ received the award for the best directorial work for “When I’m Done Dying”. And “The Last Ones” by Veiko Õunpuu from Estonia was awarded as the best Baltic feature film.

It was also possible to swim at the festival. Every morning at eight o’clock, festival guests gathered for a daily swim in the freezing sea. The Black Nights Festival was a special cultural ray of light in this dark time.

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A BBK Mendi Film to enjoy

The 13th, that sometimes fateful number … Next Friday, December 4, begins an edition that is not even painted for fans of the mountains, mountain movies and who are superstitious, the number 13, marked by fire by the terrible pandemic that we are suffering. And thus, as if giving the reason to those superstitious, the 13th edition of the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia, is presented in that way forced by the strange circumstances that we are having to live because of the coronavirus.

A total of 57 films in 41 sessions will delight anyone who passes through the stages of its projections in Bilbo: the Euskalduna Palace, the BBK Room on Gran Vía and the Golem cinemas of Azkuna Zentroa. Obviously, face-to-face assistance will comply with all current measures established by the health authorities in the face of the pandemic. And without attending, there is the possibility of, staying at home, not missing the best mountain cinema in the world through the internet since the entire program is online, so as not to get up from the couch, since this year you can enjoy it through from the Vimeo platform, with a wide menu to choose from different movie packs at different prices: “a format that is here to stay,” said the director of BBKMFBB, Jabi Baraiazarra.

The opening gala will take place on Friday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Euskalduna Palace and during the ten days of cinema you will be able to attend the different Mendi Talk such as the delivery, on Saturday, 5, of the WOP award that this year It falls to Baltistan Fundazioa, whose president Pedro Ibarra, as well as Alberto Iñurrategi, will receive the award from Mikel Renteria, CEO of The Walk On Project. There will also be presented the new comic by Sua Edizioak that covers the trajectory of the Iñurrategi brothers, Alberto and Felix, when precisely 20 years have passed since the death of Felix when he descended from the top after crowning his twelfth eight-thousandth in Gasherbrum I, a book with texts and drawings by Ramon Olasagasti, César Llaguno and Felipe H. Navarro. And the film by Alberto Iñurrategi ‘Hire Himalaya’ will also be screened. On Sunday 6th, the Bilbao mountaineer Juanjo San Sebastian will present his new book ‘How much is a long time. Retazos del camino ‘, edited by Desnivel Ediciones de Madrid. The conference on Monday 7th will be about ‘Geosesence of mountain cinema’, offered by UPV geologists and geographers Arantza Aranburu, Iñaki Antiquity and Eñaut Izagirre. On Friday 11 it will be the turn of the Pou de Gasteiz brothers to talk about ‘Extreme escalation in times of pandemic’. These four activities, with their corresponding films, will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Euskalduna Palace. And on Saturday 12, at 6:00 p.m. in the Sala BBK of Bilbao’s Gran Vía, in addition to presenting the book-comic-story of ‘The Adventures of Iñaki in the Himalaya’, whose sale will go to the SOS Himalaya Foundation that he created Iñaki Ochoa de Olza himself, who died 12 years ago at Annapurna, will offer a round table on ‘Shakhaur-76-Everest-80, the Basque-Polish brotherhood in Himalayanism’ with the assistance of Iwona Zielinska, Gregorio Ariz, Luis Arrieta , Txomin Uriarte and Antxon Iturriza (EMMOA). In addition, there will be an exhibition of the 20 best award-winning works in the sixth edition of the international competition called by the San Sebastian Basque club of Camping Elkartea CVCEPhoto with some Bilbao Metro station and the atrium of the Ensanche building as exhibition rooms.

The closing ceremony will take place at the Euskalduna Palace at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday the 13th, with the awards ceremony and viewing of award-winning films. Until then, in Bilbao you have ten days to enjoy the best mountain, nature and adventure cinema in the world, at the BBK Mendi Film Festival Bilbao-Bizkaia in its thirteenth edition. Despite the coronavirus, a luxury.

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Has the director of Doctor Strange just confirmed the crazy spider-verse theory?

The multiverse’s arrival in the MCU fuels a lot of theories, especially for the Spider-Verse and the upcoming Spider-Man 3.

With a title like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it is not very difficult to understand that the multiverse is likely to be one of the big issues of Phase 4 of Marvel. If it seems obvious that the plot of Sam Raimi’s film will juggle between different alternate realities, this second installment around the magician of Benedict Cumberbatch will also serve as a conclusion to the next round of blockbusters, and therefore may not be the one that will open the doors of the famous multiverse.

photo, Tom HollandLe Spidey de Tom Holland

Several theories want the series WandaVision of Disney +, broadcast from January 15, is the real entry point of one or more parallel universes, especially since the mutant will be back on the big screen in the cast of Doctor Strange 2. Attention was also focused on the next Spider-Man 3, which will be the last solo film of Tom Holland’s Weaver, before he joins Sony’s Marvel Extended Universe (a priori).

To bridge the gap between the two cinematographic universes, the multiverse would therefore be a very practical scenario spin, especially with Doctor Strange as a new mentor. The idea of ​​a Spider-Verse quickly sprouted with the return of JK Simmons’ J. Jonah Jameson (teased at the end of Far from Home) and Jamie Foxx’s Electro, although they could be different versions of their incarnation in the trilogy Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man: A Hero’s Fate. Likewise, the fantasy of a gigantic reunion of Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire’s Spideys was quick to resurface, before falling flat after the not-quite-formal denial of a representative of Sony.

Photo Benedict CumberbatchDoctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)

However, it is possible that Scott Derrickson, the director of Doctor Strange who was also to take care of the second part before Sam Raimi took over, revived the hopes of the fans. On Twitter, the filmmaker spoke to Duncan Jones, the director of Warcraft, The Beginning and Source Code, who asked him if Spider-Man : New Generation could be part of the MCU thanks to the multiverse. To which Derrickson replied that all Spider-Man movies were de facto part of the MCU.

However, it is obvious that the director could have answered that in an ironic or mocking way, which should not prevent the theories from taking again more beautiful. While waiting to be fixed, that is to say on December 15, 2021, we come back to Avengers : Endgame right here and on the last Spider-Man : Far from Home just there.

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Prospects of LADA Vesta SW Cross for 1.4 million were discussed by motorists

The most expensive “Lada” is full of flaws and “special stages” at the top of the market.


Doubtful appearance – the price is “cosmic”. Frame: YouTube channel “Energetik Sergei Nikolaev”

“Vesta” is sold for 1.4 million rubles by a Moscow dealer LADA. Details about the car were told by a blogger from the YouTube channel “Energetik Sergey Nikolaev”, motorists in the comments, in turn, expressed their negative opinion about the station wagon.

LADA Vesta SW Cross for 1.4 million “AvtoVAZ” created for the sake of experiment, showing that a car can be unique, you just have to pay extra to the dealer. The installation of what modifications made the car more expensive than the base one by 500 thousand: multimedia system with acoustics, alarm, carpets, body kit, camera and 18-diameter discs… “Dopas” from the dealer were immediately discussed by motorists.

“Prices for add. services, at least 2 must be divided, prices are higher than the market “,” Sell it with a certificate from the durkee will obviously. Who will covet Vesta for 1.4 million rubles – show the “lucky one” later, ”the Russians wrote under the video.


We glue the film crookedly – we sell cars expensive. Frame: YouTube channel “Energetik Sergei Nikolaev”

And the criticism of the most expensive LADA Vesta SW Cross is quite justified, because the car was put up for sale with a bunch of “jambs”. So, the car was covered with a film for 140 thousand rubles. The cost of the service turned out to be 60 thousand more expensive than it usually happens with a LADA dealer. At the same time, the film was glued crookedly, with scuffs at the edges.

“But we made black roof rails,” the manager selling Vesta SW Cross said justifyingly.

Also, the car “kolkhozno” simulated the exhaust system.


The exhaust is “collective farm”, the film bristles next to it, the dummy around the edges is rusty. Frame: YouTube channel “Energetik Sergei Nikolaev”

«They did not even try to bring the exhaust straight out, next to the dummy glushak you can see“, – the drivers were indignant.

The web considered that there was no prospect of selling Vesta SW Cross for 1.4 million rubles. “Dopas” for a car are expensive, the same radio tape recorder to buy and replace yourself (or at a third-party service station) costs 10 thousand rubles cheaper. And this applies to all add. services from the dealer, making the station wagon price tag sky-high.

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Getting paid to watch Christmas movies: applications for this dream job are open

The American site Reviews.org posted a particularly enticing job posting as the festive season approaches. The company is looking for someone to watch 25 Christmas films in 25 days, in order to establish the ranking of the best films of all time.

“Do the job you dream of and you won’t feel like you’re working a day in your life,” the old saying goes. A dream that could well and truly come true for moviegoers, fans of the classics of the end of the year celebrations. The American site Reviews – it brings together expert advice on consumer products, including streaming services – is indeed looking for someone willing to watch a Christmas movie a day during the month of December, or 25 films in total, for a fee, d ‘after CNN. The objective is to achieve the ranking of the best productions of the genre of all time.

In video, “The magic of being together”, Disney’s campaign for Christmas 2020

Work under the tree

The proposed mission, which smells of a fireplace and hot chocolate, is not only pleasant, but also generously remunerated. The lucky winner will thus win the sum of $ 2,500 (or 2108 euros) for the month of December. He will receive, as a bonus, one-year subscriptions for seven different streaming platforms, so that he can do his job properly (Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney + Apple TV, Hallmark Movies Now). He will have to write a review of each film viewed.

The selected candidate will be able to choose the feature films he wishes to watch, but will be referred by the site to cult works such as Mom I missed the plane (1990), The Grinch (2000), Love Actually (2003), The Holiday (2006), or Klaus (2019). To apply, you only need to be of legal age, own a computer and have a work permit in the United States. If you have all of these qualifications (coupled with a consuming passion for Christmas movies), applications are open until December 4 and the name of the winner will be known three days later.

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“It’s so mean, what is done to these children” (neue-deutschland.de)

Photo: dpa / Lisa Ducret

What motivated you to develop a handout for social workers on dealing with right-wing families?

For many years I worked with boys in Berlin-Marzahn and gained experience with families and issues relating to child welfare. I have been active in adult education for the last few years and have heard a lot from educational specialists from their work throughout Germany.

A few years ago I did a training course as a procedural assistant. In doing so, I dealt in depth with child welfare risks in neo-Nazi families. My preoccupation with it has made me extremely angry in places because it’s so mean what is done to these children.

The problem of children in right-wing parental homes became known to a wider public through the film “Kleine Germanen”. What do you think of the documentation?

There have been various reviews of the film. It is largely based on a true story, which is also a very well-known case that I take up several times in the brochure. The protagonist of the film, who is called »Elsa« there, enables empathy, which I think is good. At the same time, however, in my opinion, the documentation is missing some relevant aspects of neo-Nazi upbringing, for example the enormous conflicts of loyalty that occur frequently among the children. The film is really problematic where it gives leading rights extremely extensive and rather uncritical space.

There is little literature on children in neo-Nazi families. Why is that?

I think that on the one hand the depoliticization of “privacy” plays a very central role, which includes family and upbringing. Then there is still simply little research in Germany on the subject of right-wing extremism, even if many people have a different impression. Many who research in this subject area also follow the aforementioned separation of the spheres constructed as separate, private on the one hand and public / political on the other. This may also have something to do with the fact that there is male dominance in the field of right-wing extremism research and that feminist perspectives are still marginal. And of course it is difficult to research here, because these scenes are strongly isolated and there are only a few who distance themselves from them and report from the inner workings.

What is the title “Functionalized Children” supposed to express?

In general, it can be said that children in right-wing family groups are often functionalized for a superordinate purpose, which is why the title of the brochure is also “Functionalized Children”. Children play an elementary role in the continued existence of the »clan«, the »race« and the »people«; they alone guarantee stability for such ideological constructions. That is why so many children have so many rights. This functionalization can be exemplified by neo-Nazis, but it can be transferred to other examples.

When is the child’s best interests at risk in right-wing families?

The question cannot be answered that way. A case-by-case examination is always necessary, which I think is right. One of the dilemmas is that both leaving a child in the family and taking them out can be unsafe. A dilemma is also known from working with children who grow up in Christian fundamentalist groups. Girls and boys who were taken out of there against their will tried again and again to leave the foster families assigned to them and return to their parents, even if they had to expect situations of compulsion and violence there.

In order to check whether there is a risk to the child’s welfare, it is very important to also include content-related aspects such as the neo-Nazi attitude of the parents and specifics of extremely right-wing parenting styles. In my opinion, that happens far too little. For this purpose, I have worked out points in the brochure that will hopefully find their way into the relevant lists for checking a child’s well-being.

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