Between 1980 and 2001, Peru’s Andean highlands were caught in the crossfire between the guerrilla and the state forces.
Three people from different sides of the conflict seek their way out of a dark past.
Former child soldier Carlitos seeks to unite his wartime parents. But Tania and Shogún are no regular mother and father.
Carlitos chose them as his parents although they were enemies in the Peruvian civil war. Maybe they still are. Carlitos joined the Guerilla «Sendero Luminoso» at the age of 12. Among the fighters, he met Tania. She saved lives and one day became his mother. Amid a bloody war, she taught him how to survive. How to love life. Their paths diverged as they were sent to separate locations. Everyday Carlitos’ group of fighters was hunted by soldiers of the Peruvian army. One day, the soldiers ambushed the group and killed everyone except Carlitos. A young lieutenant named Shogún decided to spare his life and took him to the barracks. There, Shogún became his father. He first sent him to school and then made him a soldier. Carlitos had to fight again, but this time against the guerillas. Also against his mother.
Nearly 40 years later, Tania and Shogún grapple with the memories of their haunting pasts.
Both yearn to forget yet are compelled to remember. Full of doubts if his they will agree to meet, the prodigal son returns to his wartime parents.
For their first union, Carlitos chooses a former battleground in the Andes, where they once fought. In a small hut they will cook, eat and sleep together in the same room. Maybe they will find the words to talk. Maybe they will discover understanding for each other…