One afternoon in January 1983, I shared a coffee with a dear friend of mine, then a young journalist from El Diario de Marka. The conversation turned, as always, about the latest political events that occurred in Peru.
The issue that concerned us at that time was the little information that circulated in those days in the media about the actions of a mysterious radical leftist group left up in arms in the region of Huamanga,Ayacucho, calling themselves the Shining Path.
Also, we talked about the ongoing operations of the armed forces to confront and crush the military operations of the seditious group.
Tight and quiet as always, my friend told me that his newspaper was sending him to Ayacucho to investigate some unsolved violent episodes linked to certain covert military operations.
—And what are you doing there? — I asked.
—I do not know yet— he replied. But we will find the truth.
Three days later, as I was watching at home a TV evening news program, I heard that a group of eight journalists had been killed in the heights of the Andean village of Uchuraccay in Ayacucho.
My friend Eduardo de la Piniella was one of them.
That day I decided to write Curfew.
- Rodolfo Pereira
The Inter American Press Association (IAPA), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) the Peruvian Journalists' Association (CPP), the Washington Office for Latin America (WOLA), Freedom House (FH) and the Council for Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) have provided their institutional support and endorsement for Curfew. Read the letters below.
If your institution is interested in joining the support for our project, please contact us.
A pair of foreign journalists travel through the mountains and jungles of Peru in search of two Peruvian colleagues that have gone missing during their coverage of one massacre in the heights of Ayacucho.
In their journey they will discover a country torn apart by violent confrontations between clandestine armed groups.
Their lives will be forever changed by the truth they uncover.
The film takes place in Peru during the 1980’s.
LESLIE BAXTER is an American journalist that works as a foreign correspondent for an American television network. He has been stationed in Lima, Peru, for more than fifteen years, and during this time has worked as a freelancer for other American networks.
With him, work a pair of young and talented Peruvian journalists, a female reporter by the name of LAURA COSTER,and the cameraman EDUARDO PINEDA.
BAXTER sends LAURA and EDUARDO to investigate an unconfirmed lead of a massacre that occurred in a small indigenous village located deep in the Peruvian Andes.
Days later, BAXTER loses all contact with his team and starts to worry that something might have gone terribly wrong.
During this time, JIMENA LOSADA, a Peruvian journalist stationed in the United States for more than 20 years, as well as an old friend and former lover of BAXTER, is sent by her station to Peru to cooperate in the investigation of the missing journalists.
Prior to their disappearance, LAURA and EDUARDO had sent an enigmatic video to BAXTER. A video that the two foreign journalists will try to decipher, to little avail, only after the disappearances.
One of them will discover the key: The video is a riddle that hides precise information on the reasons behind the disappearance of the two journalists.
In their search for the truth, BAXTER, and JIMENA will discover powerful covert criminal networks that they will have to face once they decide to broadcast the truth through mass media.
At the end of this journey, the lives of the two journalists will be forever changed.
In this section, we introduce the creative foundations of the film project Curfew.
HENRY IAN CUSICK was born in Peru, raised in Trinidad and Scotland and he now lives in Hawaii. He trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before joining the Citizens Theatre Glasgow.
He received a special commendation in the Ian Charleson award for the title role in Torquato Tasso at the Edinburgh International Festival and as Creon in Oedipus at the Citizens Theatre.
On stage Cusick has worked with the Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Almeida, London to name a few.
Cusick starred in numerous British TV shows before moving to the U.S. to join the cast of the ABC TV series LOST. In 2006 he was nominated for an Emmy for his role as Desmond Hume and continued as a series regular for 5 seasons. He played a series regular in ABC’s Scandal and had recurring roles on 24, SVU: Law and Order, Fringe, The Mentalist and Body of Proof. He is currently a series regular, in the role of Marcus Kane on The CW’s The 100.
On the big screen Cusick appeared in Hitman. Other independent film credits include HalfLight, 9/tenths, Richard II, Not Another Happy Ending and the short film Visible, which reunited Cusick with his LOST co-star Sonya Walger. Leading movie roles in Frank vs God, The Gospel of John, The Girl on The Train and Just Let Go.
He has also written, produced, directed and stars in his first short film “dress” which won Best Short at Honolulu International Film Festival, Peace on Earth Film Festival and was a finalist at USA Film Festival.
Helena Christensen is a Danish fashion model, actress and photographer. She is a former Victoria's Secret Angel and beauty queen. Christensen has also served as creative director for Nylon magazine, designed clothing, and supported funding for breast cancer organizations and other charities.
Christensen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her father is Danish, and her mother is Peruvian. Christensen won the Miss Universe Denmark crown in 1986 and represented Denmark in Miss Universe 1986. Then the next year participated at Look of the Year 1987 and became a finalist. She left her home soon afterwards to pursue modeling in Paris.
As a child Helena Christensen was more interested in becoming a musician, but as fate would have it began modeling at the age of 9. After leaving school, she moved to Paris, France to model for the french magazine 'Elle'.
Her big break came in June of 1989 when she was discovered by photographer Friedemann Hauss, who instinctively knew that Helena was a 'natural' in terms of modeling ability. Since then her career has taken off, and she is now one of the top international catwalk queens.
Helena has since taken on the movie industry, starring in a British TV movie Inferno (1980) and following it up with a cameo role in Robert Altman's Ready to Wear (1994).
In October 2016, we have completed the first phase of identifying locations for our movie. The images you see below, correspond to the natural scenery of the Peruvian highlands, and the city of Huamanga, where some of our film's stories occur.
We still have to complete phases II and III, to cover the film segments that occur in the Peruvian jungle and in the capital, Lima.
The beauty of the natural landscape of Peru is also part of our story.
You'll see. Soon.
Above we have selected some locations that will be included in our film as part of the scenery.
According to some estimates, around 70,000 Peruvians were assassinated during the period of the Shining Path´s insurgency. We have selected below some images that offer a crude testimony of those years, full of terror. Our film, Curfew, is based on those memories.
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