The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. For more information on films playing in the Cinémathèque, please call 773-281-4114. To order advance tickets online, visit the TicketWeb website by clicking here.
On selected Saturdays and Sundays, the Facets Cinémathèque proudly presents a monthly series featuring contemporary Latin American films. Curated by Cinema Tropical.
Chicago Theatrical Premiere
STATE OF FEAR (The Truth About Terrorism)
Best Documentary Chicago Intl Doc Fest
Audience Award Anesty Intl Film Fest
"A cautionary tale for the current War On Terror." -The Onion
"One of the most remarkable explorations of recent history ever conducted." -Salon.com
"So visually stunning it could double as a travelogue - if it weren't for the social justice issues that drive the story." -Los Angeles Times
"Harrowing...the possible consequences of the United States' campaign against terror become an uncomfortable subtext." -New York Times
"State of Fear presents a troubling chronicle of the 'war on terror' and the all too-familiar ways that countries bungle it." -Time Out NY
Recommended! "Insightful...both an engaging historical survey and a timely warning about the perils of declaring war on terror" -Chicago Reader
For the past 25 years, Pamela Yates, Peter Kinoy and Skylight Pictures have set a gold standard for elegant, intelligent, hard-hitting documentaries on Latin America, films that include the Oscar-winning Witness To War. State of Fear uses the findings of the Peruvian Truth Commission to detail that nation's 20-year reign of terror, beginning in 1980 with the violent Maoist guerrilla cult, Shining Path, whose bloody doings were met with an equally violent reaction from Peru's democratically elected government. Once the terrorists were subdued, fear of their return was used as an excuse by President Alberto Fujimori to institutionalize absolute power and propagate corruption (revealed to hilarious effect in The Montesinos Media Buy, 7 mins.). The film, however, transcends its immediate subject to become a cautionary tale of our current global war on terror. (Film Forum)
Directed by Pamela Yates, Peru/U.S.A., BetaSP, 2005, 94 mins. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.
"A damning record of the media bribery that oiled Mr. Fujimori's counterterrorist campaign, the film is a shockingly funny accompaniment to State of Fear and a lesson on the hazards of choosing security over democracy." -New York Times
The Montesinos Media Buy, a short film, which is based on surveillance video shot by Fujimori henchman Vladimiro Montesinos. It shows a rogues' gallery of Peruvian media executives parading through his office to collect bundles of U.S. dollars in exchange for favorable press coverage of Fujimori. Over 2,000 hours of such footage exists and clips broadcast on Peruvian TV essentially destroyed Fujimori's credibility.
Sat., Apr. 15 at 1 pm
Sun., Apr. 16 at 1 pm