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La Boca Del Lobo (The Lion’s Den)

by Jonas Cukierman

Although it’s English title is The Lion’s Den, the actual translation of La Boca Del Lobo is The Mouth Of The Wolf. This is the most authoritative film on the Shining Path faction which terrorized Peru from the late 70’s through the early 90’s. The film is made entirely on location in Peru and by Peruvians. It is well made for a third world production and the acting and cinematography are as good and professional as any great independent film. Not only does this film depict the horror of the war against Peru’s Marxist guerrilas, but it catalogues their actions and emphasizes death tolls in the most unorthodox but effective way. Most of all, the film’s sentiment is achieved in that it is told through the eyes of a young soldier with lofty ambitions. Yet when he sees what his very own men are doing to the natives, he falls back in terror and realizes, as does the audience, that nobody has his hands clean. Moreover, this film greatly bulrs the distinctions between the good guys and the bad guys. The fact the terrorists are unseen and only suggested, further enforces the idea that there is a thin line between right and wrong and it is usually a mere matter of conjecture as to whom is the more benevolent, The Shining Path or the Peruvian Army?  The theme of this film reaches far beyond anti-terrorism, it’s strongest voice lies in the notion that both sides are still killers, no matter what their cause.

La Boca Del Lobo is a “MUST-SEE” for Peruvians and non-Peruvians alike. For war film buffs and antiwar philosophers equally.

Abimael Guzman

Chief Architect of The Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso). Abimael Guzman (right) is responsible for 60,000 Peruvian deaths (especially innocent peasants) between 1980-92.

Link for The Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso):

Link for Abimael Guzman: