A look at the best FREE Dictatorship documentaries.
Published: July 6, 2022
Channel: DW Documentary
At the Colonia Dignidad compound in Chile, Paul Schäfer ruled over his followers with an iron fist. Exhausting work, violence, and abuse dominated daily life. During the Pinochet dictatorship, political prisoners were tortured and murdered there. Decades of human rights abuses at Colonia Dignidad made the settlement notorious around the world. Horst Schaffrik still lives at the compound, and says: "The sect's structures are in place." In 1961, the settlement's founder, Paul Schäfer, started building a totalitarian religious community that was completely cut off from the outside world. This documentary investigates the influence of Schäfer's reign of terror, which is