Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • 2012 • 52 minutes
During the socialist government of Salvador Allende, Franz Hinkelammert (1931-2023) worked at the Catholic University of Chile, where there was a theological battle between the left-wing liberation theologians and the right-wing Opus Dei Catholics who decried Allende as a godless communist sizing them all up for a future of gulags and breadlines.
After the Nixon-Pinochet coup d’etat, Hinkelammert moved to Costa Rica, where he co-founded the D.E.I., the Departamento Ecumenico de Investigaciones, which for over 30 years has brought together thousands of people from Christian community and popular movement groups to discuss and swap nonviolent solutions to the problems of economic, religious and political exploitation.
The film is based on his research and covers three days of interviews with him shot in various locations around the D.E.I. It includes archival footage as well as new footage shot at former Argentine and Chilean torture centers and CIA black sites in Poland. In place of a suicidal theology of death based on defeating or marginalizing others, Hinkelammert advocates an economics that promotes coexistence by looking towards liberation theology and the preferential option for the poor.