Joshuaa Oppenheimer's producer credit got me in and Songs Of Repression is just like his masterful documentaries. Concerned with hidden legacies of trauma and the limits of forgive and forget in a way that is utterly chilling. Tourist scenes are like grotesque nightmares. Film slowly peels back the layers of horror, revealing the depths of the illusion many have put up to protect themselves. Haunting.
[Docsbarna] The director is always present. It is a position of solidarity with the victims. A religious German community in Chile lives with a conscience tainted by abuse, violence and repression. The documentary talks about terrible things but told with sobriety. There are smiles that hide suffering. Perfect example of narration that uncovers hidden memories of violence.