A Sinister Sect: Colonia Dignidad

  • 09 Oct - 15 Oct, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

A Sinister Sect: Colonia Dignidad is a new Netflix docu-series in the true-crime subgenre. In this Netflix documentary, you won’t be hearing about a serial killer, as is so often the case. No, this time around the subject is a religious sect. Originally based in Germany, they end up building their base in Chile. All six 45-minute episodes are out on Netflix now. Watching this documentary, we obviously know as viewers that this was a brutal religious sect and not a loving commune of happy Christians. The leader of Colonia Dignidad was Paul Schäfer. Before he became the leader of a sect based in Chile, Paul Schäfer continuously got into trouble because he could not keep his hands off of young boys. First, this happens in Germany and once there’s a warrant out for his arrest, he travels to find a new place to call home. Ultimately, he ends up in Chile, where he is very literally welcomed with open arms and given land. In fact, many of the stories in this documentary could be turned into solid movies and you get to see and hear the real story directly from the actual survivours. Also, you’ll see that many survivours have found love and happiness later in life, which is a necessary spark of hope in this darkness. All the six episodes of A Sinister Sect: Colonia Dignidad are very well produced and directed.