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500 Years has launched into the world, with Mayan protagonists Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj and Andrea Ixchíu receiving standing ovations at every stop on the festival circuit! With 5 sold out screenings at our Sundance world premiere, we saw enthusiastic crowds connecting with the film’s...

There’s a scene from our film “The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court” where Luis Moreno Ocampo, the ICC Prosecutor at the time, is giving his bi-annual report to the UN Security Council.  Referring to the genocide in Darfur, he’s trying to convince...

After five years of negotiations to achieve a peace accord that would end the 55-year armed conflict between the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and the Colombian government, the agreement was rejected by a slim margin (53,894 votes of a turnout of 13 million...

On May 16 of this year the world lost Clyde Snow, one of the greatest defenders of human rights of our times.  Clyde was a tall garrulous Texan with an easygoing manner that masked a tenacious commitment to finding the truth and advancing justice through...

Since founding Skylight in 1981, we have been committed to the advancement of human rights and social justice through media.  We have told stories that explore and document a range of pathways to social change; from rebellion against a brutal military dictatorship in Guatemala (When...

Welcome news for the human rights field: the eminent Chilean human rights scholar and activist José Zalaquet will be launching a human rights MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) next month from his base at Diego Portales University in Santiago.  Here is their announcement (y sigue...

Last week the battle for the soul of Guatemala came to a head during the genocide trial of former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt. After the prosecution rested its case midweek with a screening of the full interview of General Ríos Montt conducted by Pamela...

Yesterday began the historic trial of retired General and former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt on charges that he committed genocide against nearly 2000 Maya-Ixil people in Guatemala in 1982 - throngs gathered inside and outside the courtroom.  The dictator finally facing justice!  Guatemalan bootleggers at...

  The title of this blog is actually pulled from a fine essay by filmmaker and friend Meg McLagan, published in her anthology titled Sensible Politics: The Visual Culture of Non-Governmental Activism, published in 2012 by Zone Books.  If you're interested in the nexus of politics and...

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