State of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism
State of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism (2006)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 11, 2006
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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Yates' unblinking chronicle of recent Peruvian history paints a devastating picture of a people nearly destroyed by their own leaders.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This dry but informative no frills film is a good educational tool.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

An informative and valuable documentary about the past 30 years of messy times in Peru, but it is also frustrating.

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Gene Seymour
Newsday

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It gives one much to think about, and that's the first order of the day for any documentary.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A lucid, evenhanded look at the dangers that face democracy and the rule of law in an unending cycle of terrorism and counterterrorism.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Based on the testimony of more than 16,000 people, Pamela Yates's harrowing documentary chronicles 20 years of terror, brutality and repression.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The impressionistic presentation actually undermines the horrifying facts and moving testimony from survivors on both sides of the conflict.

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