State of Fear

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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. Pamela Yates's harrowing documentary chronicles 20 years of terror, brutality and repression.
  3. Pamela Yates' unblinking chronicle of recent Peruvian history paints a devastating picture of a people nearly destroyed by their own leaders.
  4. 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.
  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. Yates makes good use of her access to participants in Peru's Truth Commission, creating both an engaging historical survey and a timely warning about the perils of declaring war on terror.
  7. An informative and valuable documentary about the past 30 years of messy times in Peru, but it is also frustrating.

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