At the foot of the Chilean Andes lies an idyllic German colony. However, the beauty of the place hides a horrible past.
In 1961, German preacher Paul Schaefer and his community emigrated to Chile to help the poor there. They founded the Colonia Dignidad, which soon turned into a closed sect with little dignity. Songs of Repression, by the makers of The Act of Killing, examines how the remaining residents of the community cope with 45 years of child abuse, collective beatings and slavery-like scenes. It also reveals that the once idealistic religious community supported Pinochet’s reign of terror by torturing, murdering and burying political prisoners in mass graves on their enormous estate. With beautiful images and intimate conversations, the documentary makers unravel a gruesome history.