Like The Baader-Meinhof Complex Uli Edel’s box office hit of 2008, If Not Us, Who? (2011) is a film about the Red Army Faction, the left-wing terrorist movement that emerged in West Germany in the 1960s. But it takes a different perspective, focusing on the events that precede the more familiar and sensational narrative of the RAF. In particular, it tells the story of Bernward Vesper, a writer who struggles with the legacy of his pro-Nazi father and the pressure of his peers to be part of the growing political resistance of the time. For Vesper, writing is a political act, but for his partner Gudrun Ensslin, this is not enough: she leaves him for Andreas Baader and the RAF. If Not Us, Who? is the first feature film by Andres Veiel, who is known first and foremost as a documentary maker, but archival footage is an important feature nevertheless, used here to chart political history.