Die Rote Zora
Rote Zora is a militant women's group that carried out over
twenty attacks and various other offences in Germany in the
eighties. They fought against atomic, gene and reproduction
technologies; the corresponding targets of their attacks were
companies such as Bayer, Schering and Siemens, research institutes
and property of the "representatives of the patriarchal
order" (RZ 1983). Rote Zora formed a radical political
opposition to the existing power which they carried out through
a politics of property damage. It was their principle to avoid
injuring anyone. Numerous texts and letters claiming responsibility
from Rote Zora show that they were an "armed group who,
however, battled often enough with the typewriter" (Oliver
Tolmein). Whereas some persecuted the women as "terrorists"
and continue to do so today, others consider them undoubtedly
from video, 28 min., German/Engl., 2000
The central element of the video "Die Rote Zora"
is an interview with Corinna Kawaters that took place in summer
2000. Kawaters is the only woman from the Rote Zora who was
sentenced by a court for "membership in a terrorist organization"
(§129a). In addition, a conversation was held with the social
scientist Erika Feyerabend, who, like the other members of
the Gen-Archiv Essen, became caught in the whirl of police
investigations against the Rota Zora at the end of the 1980s.
The video offers room for the personal stories and perspectives
of the women, allowing a picture of social revolutionary "terrorism"
to arise which distinguishes itself from the hegemonial medial
representations with their feigned objectivity
Text published for Videonale 9 in Bonn Sören Grammel
Artist, activist from Vienna, Austria