By all appearances, The Fall of Fujimori is a balanced documentary about a very complex subject -- Former President Fujimori of Peru. Unlike many documentaries about political figures, The Fall of Fujimori avoids hero worship and demonizing. The documentary nonetheless compellingly portrays the brutality and corruption of Fujimori's presidency as well as the brutality of the terrorists who he opposed. The documentary contains many scenes of violence, including bloody and naked corpses and assaults, and therefore may not be appropriate for some viewers. These and other scenes, however, provide insight into the politics of Peru -- a subject that America's mainstream television media has largely ignored.
THE FALL OF FUJIMORI details the rise, rise and (maybe) fall of the Peruvian shyster/dictator who managed to screw his populace not once but twice. The story is full of bizarrosities (yeah, I just coined it) such as Fuji's wife first suing him then running against him while they were still living together. We see his lovely daughter trying to work her way around dad's misdeeds, and of course Fuji's even sleazier, scarier second-in-command, who unsurprisingly plays a big role in his downfall. Americans who've paid attention over the years to world news--yes, all three of you--will know something about this but probably not as much as you will glean from Ellen Perry's interesting and salutary documentary. Last we heard, Fuji was doing time in a Chilean prison but--hey--you can never really count these guys out.
Jonathan B.'s other reviews > 3.0 Stars Its difficult to find a country more cursed by fate and history than Peru. First they're conquered by the sexually repressed, religious fundamentalist Incas who cared more about the dead than the living, then the Spanish and Pizarros mafia, followed by Liberation and a succession of rulers who were either corrupt, oppressive, or both. The Shining Path didn't just appear out of nowhere for no reason, after all. Fujimori was probably Perus most enigmatic leader - which makes him such a good subject for a documentary - but hes not depicted in the context of his country or his predecessors. Instead were simply presented with this taciturn figure, his wife from another planet, two factions of violent rebels, and a shadowy figure tied to the narco trade. Commenters here seem to employ every documentary as an opportunity to bash Michael Moore, but this film was objective to the point of floating rudderless at times. Nothing the Fujimori administration does comes within a light-year of the pointless horror inflicted by his guerilla opponents. The criminal charges filed against him by international law enforcement are never explored to a level of depth necessary for viewers to understand them or the real or imagined right the likes of Interpol has to bring them. All the while Fujimori is a sphinx we follow from one location in Japan to the next for no apparent reason at all.
Just as an update Jujimori returned and was judged and sentenced to 25 years in prison. His daughter is running for the next elections and if she wins she will get him out. A viscous cycle that will never end.
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