11/16/2020 05:30 pm – Krypta der Marktkirche

Denmark/Netherlands 2020 90 min German and Spanish original version with English subtitles

by Marianne Hougen-Moraga and Estephan Wagner

Script: Marianne Hougen-Moraga, Estephan Wagner, DoP: Marianne Hougen-Moraga, Estephan Wagner, Editors: Niels Pagh Andersen, Estephan Wagner, Production: Final Cut For Real, Producers: Signe Byrge Sørensen, Heidi Elise Christensen

At the foot of the Andes Mountains in Chile lies an idyllic German colony called Villa Baviera (Bavarian Village). However, the beauty of the place formerly known as Colonia Dignidad (Colony of Dignity) hides a grim past. Systematic child-abuse, medical experiments, torture chambers and mass graves are part of its history. The film explores how different the residents deal with their traumas today. Victims, perpetrators and those who are both disagree on how the past shall be remembered. Some completely deny the horrors and wish to only remember the bright moments, others still go through severe emotional struggles – and most are caught in between.

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Marianne Hougen-Moraga graduated with a Master’s degree in Film Studies from Copenhagen University in Denmark. She also holds a master in Screen Documentary from Goldsmiths College. After her studies, she directed a number of short documentaries, with one of which she was nominated for the Danish Film Award. SONGS OF REPRESSION is her feature documentary debut.

Estephan Wagner graduated from the National Film and Television School in London. Originally trained as an editor in Germany, he has worked as a documentary director for more than a decade. His feature documentary LES SAUTEURS screened at over 70 film festivals and won more than 15 awards.

Filmography (together): 2020 SONGS OF REPRESSION

Awards: CPH:DOX Award and Danish Dox Award for Best Documentary (Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, Denmark 2020), „A Different Tomorrow“ Award for Best Documentary (Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland 2020)


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