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Contemporary Peruvian Cinema: History, Identity and Violence on Screen

Contemporary Peruvian Cinema: History, Identity and Violence on Screen
Sarah Barrow

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The political violence that erupted towards the end of the twentieth century between the Peruvian state and militant group ‘Shining Path’ left an indelible mark on the country that resonates even today. This study explores representations of the insurgency on screen, and asks what these tell us about the relationship between state, fiction cinema and identity in Peru. In the process, Sarah Barrow highlights the Peruvian experience as a paradigm for the wider study of film-making in societies faced with violence and terrorism.

This book provides in-depth analyses of the pivotal films from the 1980s through to the present day that interpret the events, characters and consequences of the bloody conflict. Setting the films in the context of a time of turbulent transition for both Peruvian society and cinema – addressing developments in film policy and production – it reveals the attempts by filmmakers to reflect, shape, define and contest the identity of a fractured population. By interrogating important themes such as memory, trauma and cultural responses to terrorism, chapters explore local perception of nationhood, and highlight links to other Latin American cinemas and global issues. Featuring discussions of the work of Francisco Lombardi, Marianne Eyde, Fabrizio Aguilar and Josué Méndez, amongst others, this detailed investigation of the growing success and political importance of the industry’s output traces the complexities of modern Peruvian history.

Author Info

Sarah Barrow is Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK. She has published numerous studies of Hispanic film including special issues of journals Transnational Cinemas and New Cinemas. She co-edited The Routledge Encyclopaedia of Films (2015), a major collection of 200 essays on films from all over the world.


‘By examining key films that tackle issues of contemporary violence, Sarah Barrow provides an excellent study of Peruvian cinema's responses to the Shining Path era of the 1990s and 2000s, bringing together sharp cinematic analysis and trauma studies.’ – Jeffrey Middents, American University; author of Writing National Cinema: Film Journals and Film Culture in Peru (2009)

Contemporary Peruvian Cinema is an essential addition to the field of Latin American cinema. Meticulously researched, deeply knowledgeable and accessible, this comprehensive study provides incisive readings of landmark films and draws attention to undeservedly neglected ones.’ – Deborah Shaw, University of Portsmouth

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781784538217
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2018
Number of Pages: 208
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 24 colour illustrations in a 16 page plate section

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