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Sepa: Our Lord of the Miracles

Sepa: Nuestro Señor de los Milagros

A rare UK screening of Walter Saxer’s little-seen documentary about an experimental open-air penal colony in the Peruvian Amazon described by inmates as the ‘green hell’. With echoes of the work of frequent-collaborator, Werner Herzog, Saxer’s film stands as the only in-depth public record of a controversial facility that existed between 1951-1993 as a dumping ground for both hardened criminals and political prisoners. The film’s restrained, observational approach gives rise to a surprising and complex meditation on forms of justice, liberty and rehabilitation.

Director

Walter Saxer

Countries

Germany Peru Switzerland

Year

1987

Premiere

UK Premiere

Dialogue Languages

English Spanish

Subtitle Language

Primary Contact

Micaela Saxer

Distributor

Micaela Saxer