MY FATHERS, MY MOTHER AND ME, Paul-Julien Roberts sensitive portrait of Otto Mühls commune Friedrichshof and its devastating
effects on the very young residents, wins the prestigious Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the BFI London Film Festival,
leaving behind distinguished contenders like Nicolas Philibert, Frederick Wiseman and Alex Gibney.
The jury said:
As a jury we would like to recognise the bravery of Paul-Julien Robert for taking us on such a personal journey with My Fathers,
My Mother & Me. It is a thought- provoking and disturbing film, intimate whilst also raising larger questions of power, parental
responsibility and abuse. The incredible archive footage combined with the personal journey of a mother and son left us disturbed,
angry and feeling that this is a film that deserves to be seen by a wider audience.
MY FATHERS, MY MOTHER AND ME
by Paul-Julien Rober
Communal property, free sexuality, dissolution of the nuclear family - these were the basic principles of the Friedrichshof,
the largest commune in Europe founded by the Viennese Actionist Otto Mühl at the beginning of the 1970s. In With(out)
Family the director Paul-Julien Robert, who was born into this commune, embarks on a personal journey into his past. Including
archive material made public for the first time in this film, the director confronts himself and his mother with the question
What is family?
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