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Pamela Yates directed this insightful video chronicle of the violence that gripped Peru between 1980 and 2000, as the murderous Shining Path movement waged guerrilla war against the nation's brutally repressive military forces. The film nimbly covers the conflict's background, starting with the Shining Path's founding in 1970 amid a series of military coups, then presents an effectively impressionistic account of the war, which ultimately claimed the lives of 70,000 civilians, and its aftermath. 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. In English and subtitled Spanish. 94 min.

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