Songs of Repression

(Songs of Repression)

"I still have nightmares about a man standing in the middle of a circle, everyone shouting at him, and then him being beaten terribly," recalls a resident of the German village of Villa Baviera in Chile. The former colony of Dignidad was one of the most brutal sects in history.

Systematic sexual abuse of children, torture and murder of political opponents, kidnapping and daily beatings. Documentary filmmakers Marianne Hougen-Moraga and Estephan Wagner do not address the crimes of the colony's founder, psychotic preacher and former Nazi Paul Schäfer, in their film. They are interested rather in how about 120 people, who still live in an idyllic setting at the foot of the Andes, cope with such a terrifying past. They speak to severely mentally traumatised women and men who have not left this place even after years. The film avoids the simplistic view that the people in the colony were either criminals or victims. Most often they were both. The strategies for dealing with the trauma are varied, and include songs about oppression…

About the film

Director: Estephan Wagner, Marianne Hougen-Moraga
Denmark, Netherlands
2020 | 88 min.

Language: German, Spanish

Subtitles: Czech, English
In the case of outdoor screenings, the films are shown only with Czech subtitles.

Czech premiere

Category

Panorama

Director

Marianne Hougen-Moraga

Filmography
2020 - Songs of Repression
2011 - Hjemvendt

Marianne Hougen-Moraga

Estephan Wagner

Filmography
2020 - Songs of Repression
2016 - Les sauteurs
2013 - Sidste Drømme
2009 - The Finishing Line

Estephan Wagner

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