The film features interviews with former political prisoners who recount their experiences of torture administered by Brazil’s political police during the Sixties, when the country was ruled by a right-wing military regime.
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I think Maria Auxiliadora Lara Barcelos will haunt me forever with that striking look, as if saying: it's a laughable joke as a horrible truth. The tortures described are so disgusting that even hearing about it made me squinch my eyes and shiver. What a breathtaking experience to hear about that time with such freshness: they had just arrived in Santiago - escaping brazilian dictatorship. Truly moving.
Very hard to watch - intense and disturbing descriptions of torture by the military and police, with about 300 or so trained in the US at Fort Benning, The School of the Americas where they received “theoretical and practical lessons on torture." - from the recent Brazilian Commission on Torture