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World in Action - A Prisoner of Terrorism
Originally broadcast 1978
Once upon a time ITV used to make proper telly; and the flagship of their investigative journalism and documentary making was without a doubt World In Action. The series were made by Granada Television, and were characterised by a fearless approach and a willingness to tackle subjects that no other broadcaster would touch for fear of treading on toes. World In Action wore its size 10 boots with pride regardless of whether they upset the ITV regulators, or on occasions the Government itself.
This episode dates from 1978, and features an in depth prison interview with Horst Mahler. Mahler had been one of the founding members of the left-wing terrorist organisation, the Red Army Faction - better known as the Baader-Meinhof gang - and its intellectual leader in the early days of their terrorist campaign in the late 60s and early 70s. By 1971 Horst has been arrested, tried and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Seven years later along comes the World in Action team to ask him to justify his actions, and what he thought now that he'd been in prison for so long and that the revolution that he and his gang had tried to forment had utterlly failed.
What makes this episode more interesting is that in the 30 years since it was made, Horst Mahler has moved politically steadily to the right. To the extent that nowadays he is a Holocaust denier and has been in prison within the last year for neo-nazi activities. Blimey!
Not my rip. Thanks goes out to cotton at KG for this one (though I did take the liberty of correcting the synch error as best as I could).
=== File Information ===
File Name: Prisoner of Terrorism - World in Action - 1978.avi
Duration: 00:26:11 (39,278 fr)
File Size: 190 MB (or 194,564 KB or 199,233,650 bytes) bytes
=== Video Information ===
Video Codec Name: DivX 5.0
Video Bitrate: 784 kb/s
Bits / Pixel: 0.102 bits/pixel
Resolution: 640x480 (1.33:1) [=4:3]
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
=== Audio Information ===
Audio Codec: 0x0055(MP3) ID'd as MPEG-1 Layer 3
Audio Bitrate: 224 kb/s (112/ch, stereo) CBR
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