It feels like fiction. Thirty-seven Paraguayan artists whose 35-year struggle against the Stroessner regime brought them to the use of a powerful weapon – art.

Isolated within a forgotten country in the heart of Latin America, their voices blend as they tell stories, poems written between days of torture, songs for which they were taken prisoner, dances and paintings that the military regime could not understand, sculpture, and theater performed even as far as concentration camps. They are what gave people a chance to dream, to imagine a better life at a time when thinking was not allowed.

This is no historical analysis, far from it. It’s a human story, written in the sensitive artistic language that dictatorial regimes never master.