Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

Oct 19, 2011
6:30 PM ET
New York

Granito dramatically illustrates how a documentary can impact history, thus becoming a true agent for social justice. Filmmaker Pamela Yates digs into the outtakes of her seminal 1982 film When the Mountains Tremble and produces tangible evidence that the Guatemalan government committed genocide against its indigenous Mayan populace.  Yates was a young filmmaker who first documented the repressive actions of Guatemala’s dictatorship in the early eighties. Now she is working with international prosecutors to construct a war-crimes case against the former commander of the army. Granito, which means tiny grain of sand signifying the Guatemalan concept of how great things happen, is a haunting story of how justice can be achieved with the help of media.

With the Nobel Women's Initiative

Filmmaker Pamela Yates
Kate Doyle, Senior Analyst, National Security Archive; Film Subject
Moderator: Maria Hinojosa, Anchor and Managing Editor, NPR's Latino USA

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