GERMAN SOULS - LIFE AFTER THE COLONIA DIGNIDAD

DEUTSCHE SEELEN - LEBEN NACH DER COLONIA DIGNIDAD

By Matthias ZUBER, Martin FARKAS

POLYEIDES MEDIENKONTOR MÜNCHEN BERLIN - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2009

Rüdiger was a child, Aki two months old and Kurt the deputy of the pedophile leader of the sect. In 1961 they came to Chile together with 500 other German sect members and for over 40 years they lived secluded from the rest of the world.
The film tells about the attempt to survive as a collective

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • GERMANY
    • Languages
    • GERMAN, ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 92 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Matthias ZUBER, Martin FARKAS
    • Writer(s)
    • Britta BUCHHOLZ
    • Producer(s)
    • Matthias ZUBER (polyeides medienkontor münchen berlin)
    • Synopsis
    • Rüdiger was a child, Aki two months old and Kurt the deputy of the paedophile leader of
      the sect. In 1961 they came to Chile together with 500 other German sect members and
      for over 40 years they lived secluded from the rest of the world. They were confined to a
      large Chilean manor under a perverse, totalitarian criminal system that cooperated with
      Pinochet as well as dealt in drugs, firearms and engaged in systematic acts of torture.
      The analogy to recent German history that is concealed in this small village in the shad-
      ows of the Andes is heart-stopping. Following the collapse of the sect, perpetrator and
      victim live among one another. Some individuals are both perpetrator and victim in one.
      And all are bound together by a pact of silence, a collective repression.
      GERMAN SOULS – LIFE AFTER THE COLONIA DIGNIDAD reflects a subjective and
      momentary view, carefully approaching the individual, allowing them to speak, support-
      ing them along the way. This film depicts the effort to survive as a community after an
      extreme human tragedy—showing different ways in which the individual copes with the
      history of the community. These are German stories of displacement, desire, romantic
      enthusiasm and despair. It is a film about guilt, victimisation and coming to terms with
      them.
      GERMAN SOULS – LIFE AFTER THE COLONIA DIGNIDAD presents personal stories
      laden with conflict that go beyond the personal realm, demonstrating the functionality
      and striking effectiveness
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Oct 01, 2006
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