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OFFICIAL SELECTION - To Save and Project: The MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation | "A provocative addition to the literature of incarceration." - The New York Times
Experimental Penal Colony in Peru • Prisons • Criminal Justice • Colonization of the Amazon • Rediscovered Archival Film
Date of Completion: 1987 | Run Time: 72 minutes | Language: Spanish, English & German with Spanish, English, German & Italian subtitles | Captions: No | Director: Walter Saxer | Producer: Walter Saxer | DOP: Rainer Klausmann | Editing: Micki Joanni | Music: Jindrich Konir | Sound Mix: Haymo Henry Hayder | Commentary: Mario Vargas Llosa | Camera Assistant: Jorge Vignati Ojeda | Production Manager: Gustavo Cerff Arbulú | Co-Production: Alive Film & TV Production, Zurich
SEPA, NUESTRO SEÑOR DE LOS MILAGROS is the name of an open air penal colony created in 1951 by the Peruvian Government within the national effort to colonize the Amazon territories by promoting agricultural practices amongst inmates in a 37.000 hectares piece of land in the jungles of Central Peru. The 1987 documentary directed by Walter Saxer is the only window into this experimental penal colony in Peru, where no camera has ever entered and little has been written about.