The Reign and Downfall of Alberto Fujimori


Ellen Perry’s doc analyzes the reign and downfall of Peruvian plundercrat Alberto Fujimori, whose instructively Bush-like dictatorship raped the nation of resources and funds, and decimated the populace’s civil rights in the name of security, anti-terrorism, and fear. Interestingly, the mandatory privatization (at the hands of the IMF) and the resulting acceleration of poverty rates incited the supposedly grateful population to protest by the tens of thousands, but Perry’s film is more concerned with the personal experience of amoral power, trailing the affable Fujimori during his exile in Japan (he’s since been arrested in Chile), and hearing the tale from his gently, modestly expressed point of view. It’s an astonishing story we heard precious little of in American media, including (in addition to the assassinations, disappearances, and arbitrary imprisonments) the revolt of Fujimori’s own wife, who accused him of the minor scandal that precipitated Fujimori’s 1992 “self-coup.” (She also ran against him, while they were co-habitating, in 1995.) The spun facts are naturally slippery, and one should follow them up with reading. With Perry’s audio commentary.