So what about young people? There are many more seniors in Europe than juniors – which means they do not count as voters, they are just too few. Politicians are more interested in seniors, who vote regularly. So how can young people engage politically – and defend the interests of their genereation? Watch our new documentary in arte on youth activism, 50 years after the revolts of 1968.
Protest Generation 2018: Apathetic or Radical?
A film by Sabine Jainski and Ilona Kalmbach
52 min, WDR / arte 2017
Tuesday, May 22 in arte around midnight (France 00:10, Germany 23:30 CET)
In the 1960s students across Europe and America took to the streets to rebel against dominant hierarchies, rigid institutions and war. Many were convinced that revolution was around the corner. 50 years on, what do the youth of Europe aspire to?
„We laugh a lot, we do a lot together, I’m dancing, I’m doing Qi Gong, that literature meeting. It’s so much alive!“ says Marieluise Bitter, living in the Beginenhof in Berlin. “Here everybody helps the others, so you can get really old, like 93, 94”, says Anne Demérus from Färdknäppen house in Stockholm, and her husband Per adds: “Even 100!”.
But living together is not so easy, as Les ToitMoiNous in Villeneuve d’Ascq know after a few years of struggle for their communal house: “We thought we were a small group of people who wanted to build their house together and decide together, but that was a complete utopia“, says former journalist Régis Verley who tried to set up a transgenerational co-housing project in northern France.
Discover those projects in the second part of our documentary series The best is yet to come in ARTE on April 15th!