I Was, I Am, I Will Be

(Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein)

GDR, 1974, 80 min, b&w
In German; no subtitles
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Synopsis

I Was, I Am, I Will Be offers a glimpse into Chilean concentration camps in spring 1974 and was one of the first international films to expose this element of the Pinochet regime. The filmmakers gained exclusive access to two of the largest camps, Chacabuco and Pisagua, against the explicit orders of the Junta Chancellery. In interviews with prisoners – as well as residents of northern Chile, the Norte Grande – the film attempts to convey "the oppressive feeling of fascism as an everyday reality." 

 

Commentary

Heynowski and Scheumann were prominent East German documentary filmmakers. Granted their own studio, H&S, they filmed 43 documentaries on world revolutionary movements between 1969 and 1989 . Since the fall of the wall, Heynowski and Scheumann have been criticized for excessively fanatical adherence to party doctrine, as well as the inclusion of false information and unethical behavior in their documentaries.

Awards

1974 Special Jury Prize, Leipzig Documentary and Short Film Week
1974 Jury Prize, Grenoble International Documentary Film Festival
1974 Silver Sestertius, Nyon International Documentary Film Festival

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