Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

Songs of Repression + Q&A

Director Estephan Wagner, Marianne Hougen-Moraga, 2020, Country Denmark, Netherlands, Duration 89, Previous Festivals & Awards CPH:DOX 2020 (Winner: Dox:Award, Danish:Dox:Award), DocsBarcelona, Dok.Fest Munich, Date Event has passed

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 references to child abuse which some viewers might find distressing.

UK Premiere

Screening includes a Q&A with directors Estephan Wagner and Marianne Hougen-Moraga, hosted by Chloe Trayner.

In partnership with the Embassy of Denmark. 

Read an essay on Songs of Repression by Beatrice Loayza.

Available: Block 2 (Sat 12th Sept Sept midday – Tue 15th Sept Sept midnight BST)

Please note: this film is only available to view in the UK.