An interview with Andre Ristum, the director of "Nobody Leaves Alive", interviewer Nikolaj Nikitin
"""Nobody Leaves Alive"" is the story of people who disappeared from Colonia psychiatric hospital. The story is based on a real-life institution that claimed the lives of over 60,000 people in over eight decades. Most of whom were marginalized members of society. Their lives within the hospital's walls were nightmarish - they were locked in rooms, subjected to torture, and ultimately killed. Only the strongest survived.
The film is directed by Andre Ristum, who is from Brazil. He has described the Colonia hospital as a place of inhumanity, where extreme conservatism, racism, homophobia, and patriarchy prevailed. This is why the entire film is depicted in black and white, as there was nothing in the lives of the people portrayed in the film – no colors or light. It was a Brazilian genocide.
“The thing that most impressed me, was that more than eighty percent of the interns in that place didn’t have any kind of psychological illness,” said Ristum in an interview with Nikolaj Nikitin.
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