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"The arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice."--Martin Luther King, Jr.

As Claudia Llosa indicated in her Q&A session at the PSIFF10 screening of La Teta Asustada (The Milk of Sorrow, 2009), a book entitled Entre Prójimos: El conflicto armado interno y la política de la reconciliación en el Perú written by American medical anthropologist Kimberly Theidon, Ph.D. provided the inspiration for her second film. Dr. Theidon's study compiled testimonies of women who were mistreated or violated during the political violence that took place in the Andean highlands in the 1980s. In some of these testimonies the women spoke of an illness "la teta asustada"--wherein trauma experienced by women who were raped by members of the Maoist group Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) was passed on to their children through breast milk. These captivating testimonies motivated Llosa to research further and to eventually script The Milk of Sorrow. »

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