30 Years Later, a Search for Answers in Peru on Journalist Killings

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30 Years Later, a Search for Answers in Peru on Journalist Killings

by Carmen Valdivieso Hulbert

July 20, 2013
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One night in 2005, I dreamt about attending a premiere of some film. I noticed that people were congratulating me for a documentary that I had made. Then, I noticed somebody next to me. There was Willy smiling at me, thanking me for the documentary I had made about the Uchuraccay case.
 
What impressed me the most was the fact that he was wearing the same clothes he had on when he was killed, and that his presence was in black and white while the rest of the dream was in color. Ever since that day, my life has been an emotional roller coaster. My feelings emerged and, every time I find new elements of the killings, I have to take a step back and struggle with the inescapable depression that hits me. Still a supernatural force drives me to continue with the investigation, regardless of the obstacles.
 
Thus far, it has been a wonderful experience to find out that every person I approached about the documentary has had a tremendously positive reaction and often provide me with material and loads of information. This story honors journalists killed all over the world in the line of duty.  
 
In Memory of: Eduardo de la Piniella, Pedro Sánchez and Felix Gavilen, Diario de Marka; Jorge Luis Mendivil and Willy Retto, El Observador; Jorge Sedano, La República; Amador García, Magazine Oiga; Octavio Infante, Noticias de Ayacucho, and their guide, Juan Argumedo.
 
You can support this documentary project on Kickstarter. This piece is part of GOOD's Saturday series Push for Good—our guide to crowdfunding creative progress.
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