Black Box BRD

Black Box BRD is a 2001 German documentary film written and directed by Andres Veiel. The film deals with West German politics of the 1970s and 1980s, a period marked by turmoil and the highly publicized activities of the left-wing terrorist group known as the Red Army Faction (RAF).[1]

Black Box BRD
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German release theatrical poster
Directed byAndres Veiel
Produced by
  • Pepe Danquart
  • Erich Lackner
  • Mirjam Quinte
Written byAndres Veiel
Music byJan Tilman Schade
CinematographyJörg Jeshel
Edited byKatja Dringenberg
Distributed byWarner Home Video
Release date
  • 24 May 2001 (2001-05-24) (Germany)
Running time
102 minutes

The film focuses on the lives and deaths of Alfred Herrhausen, a prominent banker and chairman of the Deutsche Bank who was assassinated in 1989, and Wolfgang Grams, member of RAF who was a suspect in the attack on Herrhausen and who later shot himself in the head while being chased by the German police in 1993. A number of relatives, friends, and colleagues of both men were interviewed for the film.

In Germany the film was released in May 2001, and then re-released in September 2002. It was screened at a number of festivals and won several awards in 2001 and 2002, including the 2002 German Film Award for Best Documentary Film and the 2001 European Film Award.[2]

In the United States the film was shown on PBS, retitled as Black Box Germany.


Year Awarding Body Award Nominee Result
2001 European Film Awards Best Documentary Andres Veiel Won
2002 Bavarian Film Awards Best Documentary Andres Veiel Won
2002 German Film Awards Best Documentary Zero Film GmbH Won


  1. ^ McMadden, Connor. "Black Box BRD". Allmovie. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Awards for Black Box BRD". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 7 March 2011.

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