Imagine that you are a child of a dictator with absolute power. Places like Chile under a military coup, Uganda in the 1970’s or Nazi Germany. Your father is the most feared person in the country. He can do whatever he wants, while you enjoy a freedom experienced by none of your compatriots.
As time progresses history turns against him and those celebrating your father start calling him a dictator. He loses everything, but you remain his son or daughter. Struggling to make sense of the new world, you must ask yourself some hard questions. Can history change the way you feel about your father? Can facts affect your emotions? And how will you deal with the heavy heritage your father left behind?
These are the central themes that influenced CHILDREN OF DICTATORS.
The program presents some of the most influential dictators of the 20th century from Africa to South America through the eyes of their children and relatives. The hour-long episodes bring a rarely seen personal perspective on history and offer a deeper understanding of the most feared leaders in the world while focusing on the portraits of their children. The filmmakers worked without a crew, with only two small broadcast cameras in order to have undisturbed and exclusive access to children of dictators, namely Lucia Pinochet in Chile, Jaffar Amin in Uganda, Bettina Goering in Germany and Fidel Castro's daughter in Miami.
Directed by Eszter Cseke and Andras S. Takacs, award-winning Hungarian journalists and documentary filmmakers who have traveled the world and produced On The Spot for seven years. They received the Golden Nymph for Best Documentary at the 53rd Monte Carlo TV Festival, the Press Freedom Award in Strasbourg from the Council of Europe, the Best International Short Film at the American Documentary Film Festival and the Gold Plaque at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards. And just recently Andras was chosen to be on Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30 Europe" list in the media category (forbes.com/30-under-30-europe-2016/media/#69805060773bce0f2b3773b8).
The BBC called their work "rare and exclusive", while the Financial Times deemed their films "up-close and visceral", adding that "Takacs and Cseke plunge their cameras into the heart of the action, asking questions that are normally suppressed."