The rise and fall of Peru’s former president, with all of its twists, betrayals, and family conflict, is a story of Shakespearean scope. Originally elected as a reformer, Alberto Fujimori, known as “El Chino” in Peru, was confronted with a Maoist insurgency on his left and the military on his right. In response to this internal strife, Fujimori transformed Peru into a dictatorship. Now a fugitive living in Japan, he is sought by the Peruvian government and has been charged with corruption and murder. With surprising access to and intimacy with her subject, director Ellen Perry paints a rich and complicated portrait of a man and a country in turmoil. At times strange, funny, horrifying, and campy, this tale depicts today’s conflicts with terrorism.
Official Selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival