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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.

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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

November 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.

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

Based on the testimony of more than 16,000 people, Pamela Yates's harrowing documentary chronicles 20 years of terror, brutality and repression.

January 11, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

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.

January 10, 2006

Yates encourages us to strike parallels between Peru's war on terror and any other crusade of its ilk without ever turning her attention away from the crisis at hand.

January 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Taking full advantage of the formidable archive materials preserved by the Truth Commission, docudocu sets out to trace two decades of Peru's history that claimed 70,000 lives.

January 3, 2006 | Full Review…

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