In 1964, a military coup d'etat in Brazil sparked widespread protests and a guerilla movement. The government responded brutally, jailing and torturing members of the resistance.
In 1971, filmmakers Saul Landau and Haskell Wexler traveled to Chile to interview the democratically-elected, socialist president Salvador Allende. There they met a group of Brazilian refugees who described the torture they had endured under the military government in Brazil. These interviews form the backbone of the film Brazil: A Report on Torture, which formerly aired on Link TV.
Witnesses to the Persecution is a conversation with these filmmakers, Saul Landau and Haskell Wexler, who reflect upon the making of the film and the persistent practice of torture as an interrogation technique. Haskell Wexler has received five Oscar nominations and won two for his work as a cinematographer. Saul Landau is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker with 40 films and 14 books to his credit.