‘Granito’ becomes both a humanitarian legal thriller and a quest to find justice through cinema.
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Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

“Sometimes a film makes history; it doesn’t just document it. Such is the case with GRANITO, the astonishing new film by Pamela Yates. Part political thriller, part memoir, GRANITO takes us through a riveting, haunting tale of genocide and justice that spans four decades, two films, and in many ways, Yates’s own career. Embedded in GRANITO is Yates’s seminal 1982 film, When the Mountains Tremble, which introduced the world to the tragedy of the genocide carried out against the Mayan people by the Guatemalan government and propelled Mayan activist Rigoberta Menchú to the international stage. During filming, Yates was allowed to shoot the only known footage of the army as it carried out the genocide. Twenty-five years later, this film and its outtakes become evidence in an international war-crimes case against the former commander of the army, and Yates reunites with Menchú, now a Nobel laureate, and others who continue to contribute their granito (tiny grain of sand) in a continuing quest for the truth.” (Cara Mertes, Sundance Film Festival)

-- Nicolas Rapold, Wall Street Journal

“Just as riveting as the best modern thrillers and just as compelling in its scope.”-- Jacqueline Santillan Beighley, Univision

Sundance Film Festival 2011 Documentary Premieres, New Works by Master Filmmakers

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2011, Opening Night

Peace and Reconciliation Prize, Geneva International Human Rights Film Festival, 2011

Grand Prix for Creative Documentary , Paris Human Rights Film Festival, 2011.

Played at

Monica Film Center, 7.29.17 - 7.30.17
Rated NR This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Web Site: https://skylightpi...
Runtime: 103 min
Language: English, Spanish

Director: Paco de Onís, Pamela Yates
FEATURED REVIEW: Jennifer Merin, About.com
Granito: How to Nail A Dictator is about the ongoing efforts to bring to trial in an international court of law José Efraín Ríos Montt, the Guatemalan dictator and military commander responsible for genocide in that country.Director Pamela Yates and Producer Pace...