Perú: Tesoro Escondido

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Slow pace bogs down beautifully photographed documentary.
  • NR
  • 2017
  • 80 minutes

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Positive Messages

Learning about and understanding the past helps us understand our relationships to the world around us and to each other. It's our responsibility to preserve and protect the natural world as well as our cultural heritage so that we can continue living in this world as we know it and be able to pass it on to future generations. Peru's history of tolerance and peaceful coexistence serves as an example for other countries to follow. Its varied people, cultural history, and traditions are its greatest treasure. Unity with diversity has made Peru unique and what can make it great in the future.

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A chef, a surfer, and a shaman model ways of blending cultures, preserving the environment, and a holistic approach to engaging with others and maintaining good health.


A mermaid statue has bare breasts.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Perú: Tesoro Escondido is a documentary in Spanish with English subtitles that explores the culture, history, geography, and natural wonders of this South American country. A mermaid statue has bare breasts. The slow pace and lack of an overall story that can be followed mean it's not likely to keep younger kids entertained the whole time. But it can teach patient viewers who enjoy natural wonders and travelogue-type information a lot about Peru's culture and environment.

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What's the story?

PERU: TESORO ESCONDIDO showcases the wide variety of cultures, landscapes, and environments that make up this unique South American country. Celebrating unity with diversity, the documentary shows what makes Peru a unique and thriving country. Viewers will gain an appreciation for preserving the environment, understanding the past, and celebrating cultural heritage.

Is it any good?

The abundance of gorgeous photography here is definitely eye-catching, but so many shots that linger just a little too long slow the pace way down to the point where it becomes easy to lose interest. Perú: Tesoro Escondido also lacks a truly unifying central story that might hold viewers' interest enough to hang in there with it. The director has opted for breadth instead of depth, so that you actually learn only a little about a lot of different things. Some of the moments that highlight the obvious pride the filmmakers feel toward their country come across like a commercial for an official tourism agency.

But there's that gorgeous scenery and a tremendous diversity in landscapes and environments that viewers of travel shows especially will enjoy. Although we meet a few individuals, individual stories aren't really the focus. But we do get a broad, if kind of shallow, look at the different kinds of people and cultures of Perú. Strongest messages are about understanding and preserving the environment and cultural heritage so they can be passed on to future generations to appreciate, and about how Perú is a model country others should follow when it comes to celebrating and preserving diverse cultures, along with the pride that comes from belonging to a unified whole.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Perú: Tesoro Escondido showcases Peru's strengths as a country. What is Peru's greatest treasure? Do you agree?

  • Would you like to visit Peru? What would you like to see most if you could go? If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you like to go? Why?

  • Did you know very much about Peru before watching? If not, what did you learn about it? If you did, does the movie accurately reflect what you know about it?

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