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by Saida Oliver, Women's Life editor


Fujimore, much like Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, gives insight into what happens offstage in politics. Unlike Moore, Perry downplays the vicious side of politics. Viewers are able to empathize with the former president through his quest to win Peru’s war against terror.

In 1992, Peru was a country overwhelmed by bloodthirsty insurgents, poverty, and a collective feeling of depression that life was not going to get any better. Fujimore stated in the interview that he was saddened by the plight of Peru and wanted to make a difference. He wanted to “remove” the evil insurgents for good, so he ran for president.

As the son of a poor Japanese immigrant, Fujimore came across as a humble candidate, vowing to “fight for the poor and disenfranchised.” Support for him was outstanding and he won. After being sworn in, he waged an all-out war on terror and promised his supporters that he would capture the enemies, the radicals, elements of the Maoist Shinning Path movement, and the Marxist-Leninist Tupac Amaru Revolutionary movement. Fujimore declared martial law and as commander-in-chief became a dictator. Some of the commentator’s in the film said he was a positive force for Peru, but his advisor, Vladimiro Montesinos, was a negative force. Montesinos raged, bribed politicians, bombed the homes of opposition politicians, and sent death squads on suspected leftists. Critics of Fujimore claim Montesinos operated with the president’s full knowledge and support.

Perry’s film allows the viewers to form their own opinions. Questions are not answered, but rather the film leaves the viewer wanting to find out more about the story and his decade of power.

The documentary is a complex personal portrait that is relevant to the current war on terrorism as well as current events in Peru. The story sheds light on issues that surpass its borders. Earlier this month, Fujimore announced that he intended to run for president again. Caught, he may become an issue in Peru’s April election.



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