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Courage (1999)

Coraje (original title)
The last few months in the life of María Elena Moyano, who was killed at the age of 33 by the Peruvian revolutionary movement Sendero Luminoso.


Alberto Durant


Alonso Alegría (screen treatment), Andrés Cotler (screen treatment) | 4 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Olenka Cepeda Olenka Cepeda ... María Elena
Rosana Pastor ... Jimena
Salvador del Solar ... Humberto
Jorge Chiarella Jorge Chiarella ... Pascual
Martín Abriqueta Martín Abriqueta ... Gustavo
Maria Teresa Zuñiga Maria Teresa Zuñiga ... Paulina
Ana Ponce Ana Ponce ... Gorda
Aristóteles Picho Aristóteles Picho ... García
Juan Manuel Ochoa Juan Manuel Ochoa ... Paulina's Husband
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erick Aquino Erick Aquino ... Reportero Radio 2
Carmen Areal Carmen Areal ... Moderadora
Ruth Argente Ruth Argente ... Recepcionista Hotel 2
Lucila Astudillo Lucila Astudillo ... Madre de María Elena
Sandro Bellido Sandro Bellido ... Terrorista 4
Jorge Brea Jorge Brea ... Botones


Coraje is about the last few months in the life of María Elena Moyano, who was killed at the age of 33 by the Peruvian revolutionary movement Sendero Luminoso. María Elena was the founder and leader of the so-called Women's Federation of Villa El Salvador, a slum district that had been built in the desert on the outskirts of Lima and was run by the inhabitants themselves. This community won several prizes abroad, such as the 'Messenger City of Peace'. Two months before the brutal attack, María has spoken out against the campaign of hatred and violence of Sendero Luminoso and even though she was called 'Mama Coraje' by the local press, that condemned her to death.The film is narrated by a female Spanish doctor who remembers María's last months. We see the difficult conditions in which the vital and charismatic María did her work: the economic crisis, the hunger in the Villa, the bureaucratic opposition and increasing terror of the Senderos. But Coraje is above all a lively and intimate...

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Alberto Durand's masterpiece
16 June 1999 | by ElAbueloSee all my reviews

The best movie of 1998 in the latin american cinema, Alberto Durand relates to us the life of the pacific activist Maria Elena Moyano, an amazing woman whose legacy will be eternal for the civilian activism in Perú.

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2 December 1999 (Netherlands) See more »

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