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  • Title: El bus de la fuga
  • Alternate Title: The Escape Bus
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:28:17
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: May 2002
  • Location: Lima, Peru
  • Type-Format: demonstration
  • Cast: Augusto Casafranca, Ana Correa, Débora Correa, Rebecca Ralli, Teresa Ralli, Julián Vargas.
  • Credits: Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, producer ; Ana Correa, director ; Fidel Melquíades, director ; documentary realized by Miguel Piedra ; Javier Sono, editor.

El bus de la fuga (2002)

Street action created by Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani in May 2002 and performed during the "Semana Anticorrupción" (Anti-Corruption week) in Lima, Peru. After the fall of the Fujimori Presidency in 2001, the extent of governmental corruption and its key players were being exposed, by means of documentation which demonstrated that members of Fujimori's Cabinet had accepted bribes, in addition to embezzling a great amount of money during his presidency. In this street action, members of Yuyachkani perform a critique to the abuses of power and the financial corruption that took place within Fujimori's government: the actors dance to the well-known "El baile del Chino" (a "tecnocumbia" song used by Fujimori for his third electoral campaign), wearing masks to represent some of these political figures, including Fujimori, Montesinos, the Mayor, the Minister, a Congresswoman, a representative of Judicial Power, the Assessor, Owners of Mass-Communication, the Military and the Grupo Colina (a paramilitary group). The group toured around Lima in a small bus which they called El Bus de la Fuga ("Escape Bus"), from Barrios Altos (a neighborhood that suffered the murder to some of its residents) to La Cantuta (where a number of students were murdered) to Tokyo (where President Fujimori fled to exile). The route covered both affluent and impoverished neighborhoods of Peru's capital city -- including the Palacio de Justicia, the Distrito de Comas, the Parque Universitario, the Universidad Nacional de Educación, Ate-Vitarte, Villa el Salvador, and Miraflores -- eliciting the most varied reactions depending on where the street action was performed. Some of these street audience reactions, along with footage of the performance, are documented in this video created by Miguel Piedra.