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Fire in the Andes
A Video by Ilan Ziv
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Since 1980 there has been a growing guerilla war in Peru. The Maoist Shining Path have been fighting special units of the Peruvian Armed Forces, who have been granted political as well as military control over many areas. The war has left over 5000 people dead or "disappeared."

In January 1983, the violence in Peru was driven home to the world with the discovery of the bodies of eight journalists in the remote Andean village of Uchurracay. A government commission said the journalists were murdered by peasants who mistook them for guerrillas. Others charged military complicity.

FIRE IN THE ANDES tells the story of this Andean region through an investigation into the fate of the journalists - eight men who set out to find the truth about the war, and instead became its victims.

"This balanced and up-to-date video is the only documentary available on the political violence and the systematic violations of human rights in Peru. Recommended for libraries acquiring documentaries on political violence and human rights problems and for university classes and human rights groups dealing with these subjects."—Choice

  

35 minutes / color
Copyright: 1985
Sale: $248

In theaters now!

Subject areas:
Communications, Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, Latin America, Media Studies, Native People, Peru, South America

Related Links:
The Films of Ilan Ziv

Related Titles:
Choropampa: When a devastating mercury spill by the world's richest gold mining corporation hits a quiet peasant village in the Peruvian Andes, a courageous young mayor emerges to lead his people on a quest for healthcare and justice.

Compadre
Lucanamarca: In the Peruvian Andes, in the town of Lucanamarca, old wounds are re-opened when the Truth and Reconciliation Commission arrives to investigate a massacre from 20 years ago.

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