Film Analysis: The Shining Path

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The Shining Path today is just as strong as it was when it first emerged. The only difference, however, is that their actions are less obvious and more subdued. Guzman may have been captured in 1992, but President Fujimori and the government were still eliminating remnants of the terrorist group in October 2000. The Shining Path named 2050 as their symbolic year of them reaching full potential power in Peru. They refuse to stop fighting until their goals are achieved. But the realities of this do not seem likely to happen. It is extremely difficult to spark a revolution especially if a country is no longer at war. The People’s War ended and Peru has prospered from those dark years of chaos. Though as dark as they were, it contributed into improving the…show more content…
A numerous amount of people have been convinced that the Shining Path is as dead as it is out of view, but that is ignoring one of the most interesting problems the group has ever faced. The terrorist organization is continuing to grow at an alarming rate--so much to the point where control from the Central Committee is becoming difficult. Through shantytowns and all levels of education, the Shining Path is “very definitely a force to contend with.” (GP, Lima 1993, 281). In May 2003, film director John Malkovich released a film “The Dancer Upstairs” regarding the events that happened during the People’s War. Although, the country’s name was never mentioned, most people identified it to be Peru. Almost entirely accurate, there were still a few distortions. All the names of the characters were changed as ‘President Ezequiel’ was Guzman and ‘Yolanda’ was Garrido. This film became relevant to the United States, since the 9/11 incident happened around that time. Most of the audiences had limited knowledge to Latin American history. So this film was most likely seen as a portrayal of the Shining Path, but with a tinge of Hollywood entertainment and gross
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