Songs of Repression (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 30m

At the foot of the Chilean Andes lies an idyllic German colony where a terrible and traumatic history lurks beneath the bucolic surface. In 1961, preacher Paul Schäfer—a Nazi and later an ardent Pinochet supporter—established a closed, fanatical sect where child abuse, arms trafficking and the murder of political prisoners were routinely carried out under the aegis of religious devotion. Though Schäfer later fleed the colony, many of his followers remain living there to this day. Taking compelling testimony from three generations of residents, Songs of Repression is a careful and sensitive examination of a community still riven by the horrors of the past.

Please be advised this film contains discussion of child abuse which some viewers might find distressing

Read a commissioned piece on the film by Beatrice Loayza here.

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German, Spanish

Bonus Content

26 mins
Songs of Repression Director Q&A

Q&A with directors Marianne Hougen-Moraga & Estephan Wagner. Hosted by Chloe Trayner.

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