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Showing Friday 8th October | 15:00
Country Peru
Run Time 84 Mins
Format 35mm
Director Fabrizio Aguilar
Producer

Fabrizio Aguilar, Enid Campos

Screenplay Fabrizio Aguilar
Cast Antonio Callirgos, Eduardo Cesti, Aristuteles Picho, Liliana Trujillo,
Sergio Galliani
Website www.palomadepapel.com
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This is a poetic, compelling and beautiful coming-of-age story of one boy’s struggle for survival amidst a bloody civil war in Peru during the 1980s. Eleven-year-old Juan (movingly portrayed by Antonio Callirgos) lives an idyllic childhood on the shores of Lake Titicaca, until one day his best friend’s father, the mayor, is murdered by guerrilla fighters. Juan discovers that his stepfather, Fermin, is a terrorist involved in the crime. Fermin arranges for Juan to be kidnapped and indoctrinated by ‘Shining Path’ rebels. Juan’s life undergoes a drastic turn, from innocently chasing sheep with girlfriend Rosita and playing war with best friend Pacho, into learning how to make dirty bombs and shooting rifles under the orders of frightening ‘comrades’ Carmen and Wilmer.

During years of communist threat, it was not unusual for children, often orphaned, to be recruited by terrorist organisations that trained them to kill and brainwashed them into blind obedience to the ‘party’. Featuring breathtaking cinematography in the backdrop of the majestic Andes, this film is a gripping if sometimes harrowing portrait of child soldiers. Through this young boy’s eyes we see the violence and political turmoil of the civil war, but also the tenderness of the mother and son relationship, the loyal friendships and the will to survive.

Former soap-actor Farbrizio Aguilar makes his feature film debut as writer, director and producer. SD
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