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
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
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.