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Film-Makers convict Guatemalan Ex-Dictator

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

After hearing hours of evidence which came largely in the form of footage from one of this year’s nominees for the Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Documentary of the Year - Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2011) - a federal judge in Guatemala placed former US-backed dictator General Efrain Rios Montt under house arrest with a bail set at USD $65,000.

Pamela Yates’ first documentary about the civil war in Guatemala, When the Mountains Tremble (1983), is still one of the few documentations of the horrific violence that went on during the civil war, particularly the systematic violence carried out against indigenous peasants and dissidents opposed to Rios Montt’s ruling military junta.

In Granito, Yates seeks to bring to justice the criminals responsible for the atrocities she had witnessed and recorded in When the Mountains Tremble. Through the evidence available in her films, and through the exposure that these documentaries have received worldwide, the people of Guatemala are getting closer to achieving closure on an unimaginably painful chapter of their national past.




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Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

Pamela Yates’ 2011 follow-up to her 1983 documentary, When the Mountains Tremble, whereby Yates, along with a team of other dedicated activists and victims of the conflict, attempt to compile the evidence needed to indict former dictator, General Efrain Rios Montt.

When the Mountains Tremble

Pamela Yates’ 1983 documentary about the civil war in Guatemala, which is still one of the most valuable evidentiary resources regarding the atrocities committed by the military junta.

Evolution of Violence

Austrian director Fritz Ofner’s 2011 documentary about violence in Guatemala today – its roots in the country’s troubled past with foreign interventions and vicious civil war – and the effect it continues to have on Guatemalan society today.