Storm in the Andes

“It feels like I’m carrying all of that on my shoulders what my family has tried to hide from me”, weeps the main character of the documentary, Josefine. She grew up in Sweden but her family is from the conflict-torn country of Peru. Together with her husband Abimael Guzmán, Josefin’s aunt Augusta la Torre founded the Maoist guerilla organisation Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) which had a major role in leading Peru into a civil war for 20 years.

Among Josefin’s family, Augusta is a mythical hero who fought for the poor. Coming from the peaceful surroundings of Sweden, Josefin travels to Peru and meets Flori, the daughter of a Peruvian farmer, who grew up surrounded by the violence of the civil war. Flori thinks that Josefin’s family is responsible for the death of her brother, Claudio. Ultimately, Josefin has to face her family’s ideology and how it has affected the bitter reality of Peru.

In the rugged scenery of the Andes, questions of humanity and conflicts are discussed: What kind of a person can take the responsibility for the death of thousands? Is anyone ever really on the side of the poor?

Text: Lotta Jokinen / Translation: Liina Härkönen

Languages: Spanish, Swedish
Subtitles: English



  • Name in Original Language: Storm över Anderna
  • Director: Mikael Wiström
  • Country: Sweden
  • Year: 2014
  • Length: 102
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Iván Blanco, Göran Gester
  • Editing: Göran Gester, Mikael Wiström
  • Audio: Mario Adamson
  • Music: Jon Rekdal
  • Production: Mikael Wiström / Månharen Film & TV, Sveriges Television AB, Casablanca Latinfilms S.A.C.


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