State of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism
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State of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism
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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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"
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Yates' unblinking chronicle of recent Peruvian history paints a devastating picture of a people nearly destroyed by their own leaders."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"This dry but informative no frills film is a good educational tool."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"An informative and valuable documentary about the past 30 years of messy times in Peru, but it is also frustrating."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"A fiercely detailed, yet scrupulously balanced documentary about the 20-year cycle of violence, retribution and corruption that engulfed Peru, its government and its citizens."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"It gives one much to think about, and that's the first order of the day for any documentary."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A lucid, evenhanded look at the dangers that face democracy and the rule of law in an unending cycle of terrorism and counterterrorism."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Based on the testimony of more than 16,000 people, Pamela Yates's harrowing documentary chronicles 20 years of terror, brutality and repression."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The impressionistic presentation actually undermines the horrifying facts and moving testimony from survivors on both sides of the conflict."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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