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  • Summary: In this documentary, the spectacular beauty of Peru is juxtaposed with the disturbing revelations of that nation's Truth Commission detailing a 20-year reign of terror. (Film Forum)
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  1. 90
    One of the most remarkable explorations of recent history ever conducted.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Pamela Yates's harrowing documentary chronicles 20 years of terror, brutality and repression.
  3. 75
    Builds to a key point about the consequences of democracies fighting terrorism by erasing its central tenets, but in doing so, it doesn't underplay the horrors wrought by Guzmán's organization.
  4. Pamela Yates' unblinking chronicle of recent Peruvian history paints a devastating picture of a people nearly destroyed by their own leaders.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    So strong are the perceived parallels between the Peruvian situation described in State of Fear and the sociopolitical dynamics of the current U.S. war on terror that filmmakers have trouble, in post-screening Q&As, returning the discussion to the historical subject at hand.
  6. An informative if shrill primer on the last 35 years of Peruvian plight, the new doc State of Fear may only be effective as an educational tool for Americans, whose media have told them next to nothing about one of the Western Hemisphere's most horrifying killing fields.
  7. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    An informative and valuable documentary about the past 30 years of messy times in Peru, but it is also frustrating.

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