Juarez: Stages of Fear (2006)


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How can an open society balance demands for security with democracy? Dramatized are the human and societal costs a democracy faces when it embarks on a war against terror, potentially without end, all too easily exploited by unscrupulous leaders seeking personal political gain. Personal testimony, history and archival footage tell the story of escalating violence in the Andean nation and how the fear of terror undermined their democracy, making Peru a virtual dictatorship where official corruption replaced the rule of law. Terrorist attacks by Shining Path insurgents provoked a military occupation of the countryside. Military justice replaced civil authority, widespread abuses by the Peruvian Army went unpunished, and terrorism continued to spread. Nearly 70,000 civilians eventually died at the hands of Shining Path and the Peruvian military.


Critic Reviews for Juarez: Stages of Fear

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (8)

Whatever its propagandistic purpose, State Of Fear draws out these contemporary resonances through a straightforward, four-square documentary style, patiently revealing its history lesson via the expected talking heads, archival footage, and photog

Nov 27, 2006 | Rating: B
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An informative and valuable documentary about the past 30 years of messy times in Peru, but it is also frustrating.

Jul 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A lucid, evenhanded look at the dangers that face democracy and the rule of law in an unending cycle of terrorism and counterterrorism.

Apr 6, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Yates' unblinking chronicle of recent Peruvian history paints a devastating picture of a people nearly destroyed by their own leaders.

Jan 13, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

A fiercely detailed, yet scrupulously balanced documentary about the 20-year cycle of violence, retribution and corruption that engulfed Peru, its government and its citizens.

Jan 12, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4
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Based on the testimony of more than 16,000 people, Pamela Yates's harrowing documentary chronicles 20 years of terror, brutality and repression.

Jan 11, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

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