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 is known for his role as Desmond Hume on the U.S. television series Lost (2004), for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. He also starred in the ABC drama Scandal as Stephen Finch, as Marcus Kane in The CW drama The 100 (2014) and is now starring as Dr. Jonas Lear in the FOX drama The Passage.
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.
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo broke through in America as a result of her award-winning performance in the hit Fox Searchlight/Weinstein movie Under the Same Moon (2007), which is to date the highest-grossing Spanish-language theatrical release in U.S. history.
Kate starred as "Queen of the South" in La Reina del Sur (2011) a short form prime-time telenovela for Telemundo (NBC/Universal) and Antena 3 (Spain.) This adaptation of the bestseller by Spanish novelist Arturo Perez-Reverte drew more than 8.1 million viewers in its debut week, making it the most successful telenovela premiere week in the web's history. It continues to break records attracting male viewers and non-Spanish speaking viewers.
In the coming weeks, Kate will once again be present on screens in the United States, Latin America and Spain, through the international network Telemundo, with her successful series The Queen of the South, which enters its second season.
Del Castillo appeared as a guest star in six episodes of the fifth season of the Showtime hit comedy series _Weeds_. She starred as 'Pilar Zuazo,' a powerful Mexican crime boss who threatened Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) and Esteban's romance and was then hit with a mallet by Nancy's son.
Del Castillo recently starred in Univision.com's first-ever webnovela (which she co-produced), "Vidas Cruzadas" (Crossed Lives). The series was a huge success and generated more than two million video streams through September 15, 2009 making it one of the three most-watched online properties ever according to the network.
L'Oréal Paris signed del Castillo to an exclusive U.S. contract as a spokesperson for the company and its beauty brands. The advertising was shot in Los Angeles and Paris and appeared in the U.S. and Mexico. The California Ford dealers tapped her as its spokesperson to star in their television and radio ads. The History Channel named her Network Spokesperson for Hispanic Heritage Month in 2007.
Kate del Castillo, was appointed Ambassador for the Mexican Commission on Human Rights to combat human trafficking in 2009, and launched the Blue Heart campaign in Mexico City with U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino in 2010.
OCTOBER FILMS (Peru)
FM PRODUCOES (Brazil)
CADA Films (Spain)
In January 2018, we completed the journey of identifying the scenarios where the filming of Curfew will take place.
The region of Ayacucho and the central jungle of Peru were crossed by our production team to leave everything ready for the beginning of the shooting.
Below you can see the videos filmed during our location trips.
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.
Curfew is in its final financing phase.
We currently have production agreements signed with Brazil, Spain and Peru.
We are looking for another co-production company or a private investor to join the project.
The facts that any investor needs to take into account are the following:
The script was written in a writing workshop at the Sundance Institute.
The script won the prize for feature films projects awarded by the Ministry of Culture of Peru.
The entire post-production process is financed with the participation of companies from Brazil and Spain.
Distribution of the film is guaranteed in Peru, Brazil and Spain, with agreements signed with distribution companies in those countries.
Except for the markets of Brazil, Spain and Peru, all other markets are open.
The budget for the film is available to any potential investor upon written request.
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