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Summary

LA TRINCHERA LUMINOSA DEL PRESIDENTE GONZALO has the look of a Maoist home movie from the 1980s. Shot in Hi-8 video in New Mexico, the film is one day in a Shining Path women’s prison cellblock in Peru. After capture, the Gang-of-Four Maoist revolutionaries basically ran their cellblocks as if they were training camps. Heavily researched, the film draws from many sources including video footage from the prisons and interviews with Shining Path militants and their leader Chairman Gonzalo, the former philosophy professor Abimael Guzmaån. It follows the inmates organizing classes, marches, criticism sessions, a dance party and playing scenes from a Navajo-language Macbeth.

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