MEUTHEN`S PARTY is a portrait of a provincial politician who doesn‘t shy away from spreading racist sentiments with a smile on his face. The precise look behind the scenes during the rise of Jörg Meuthen reveals an unsettling example of the modern demagogue`s methods in Europe today. Jörg Meuthen, a professor in economics, runs for parliament of Baden-Württemberg. We follow the prime candidate of the populist right-wing party `Alternative for Germany‘ (AfD) during his election campaign. The film accompanies him on his journey from nocturnal placarding, speeches in local pubs and street campaigning to an audacious address to thousands of party members until he holds his first speech in the parliament of Baden-Württemberg. The portrait of Jörg Meuthen illustrates the mechanisms of simple rhetoric to capture the masses.

Meuthen's Party - Jörg Meuthen


What was your motivation and why did you choose this subject?

I grew up in Baden-Württemberg and know the region well. Including this male dominated pub atmosphere, as depicted in the film. The AfD’s success scared me at first. That was my immediate feeling. Then I started to ask myself how this rhetoric of „I‘m not a Nazi, but...“ had returned? How do these people think? How do they manage to make these resentments socially acceptable again. One needs a breeding ground for this to happen. Maybe it is facilitated here because Baden-Württemberg never had a broad anti-fascist movement. After the „Third Reich“ many people just carried on. A thin layer of normality grew, which is now cracking and what appears underneath manifests itself also in the appearance of the AfD.

How did you first get in touch and how did you establish a relationship with Meuthen? Politicians like him are usually quite careful with cameras?

I went to one of his political rallies and just approached him. He was interested in hearing me out. Although, a few days later on the phone he was backing up a little. I told him that I see the AfD’s entrance into the parliament of Baden-Württemberg as an historical event, which I would like to document. He agreed to that.

What were the rules during shooting? Did you have other meetings beforehand?

Actually I started shooting right from the beginning. We agreed that he will get to see the film before its release. And his family was to be excluded. That was not a problem for me, I always wanted to show the public figure, not the private person Jörg Meuthen. Of course every now and then he asked me to stop the camera when he was discussing internal affairs or anything private.

How was your personal relationship with Meuthen?

During the shoot we had a good relationship. Maybe because I am a male white heterosexual and I was shaved, I didn‘t stand out. Maybe it was also helpful that I filmed alone, without a crew, for most of the time. At one point I simply became part of the entourage and no one from the party ever asked what I was doing or why I ́m doing it. I could do whatever I wanted. For example, he never asked me about my own political views. I think, he actually enjoyed having me around and maybe he was flattered. He might have been seduced by his own vanity as he was under the impression of having his own court reporter.

You are saying you kept a low profile and simply observed.
Overall, the film has a slow pace. What attitude are you conveying by this?

In general, I didn’t ask a lot of questions. It was not my intention to begin a controversial argument. One can hide behind the camera and observe through the lens. I wanted to capture his very rapid rise. He used to be a professor in economics, leaves his job to become a politician and now elderly women tell him: „I am praying for you to win the election!“ My intention was to capture this atmosphere, where noisy nationalist forces strive for a right-wing revolution. They strive for attention and generate it with scandals. I didn‘t want to feed this machinery because the media and the AfD would benefit. It is the subtleties between the lines of what you see and hear that matters. The slow narrative invites people to think about themselves and their own views while watching the film. At least that is what I hope for.


Running time 93 Minutes
Aspect ratio 16:9, Color, HD
Sound format Dolby Surround 5.1
Shooting place Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Genre Documentary
Screening copy DCP, HDCAM
Shooting time February - June 2016
Original Language German, English subtitles
Meuthen's Party Laurel


Director / DoP / Sound Marc Eberhardt
Editor Pablo Ben Yakov
Producer Theresa Bacza
Additional Camera Rafael Starman
Additional Sound / Sound Mix Simon Peter
Color Correction / Artwork Roland Scheliga
Music Supervisor Tobias Burkardt
Translation Pablo Ben Yakov
Trailer André Krummel
Production Manager Thomas Lechner



Theresa Bacza
+49 177 74 88 61 4
Sigrid Gairing
+49 7141 96 98 21 93


Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH
Akademiehof 10
71638 Ludwigsburg

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