Granito: How to Nail a Dictator is a story of destinies joined by Guatemala’s past, and how a documentary film intertwined with a nation’s turbulent history emerges as an active player in the present. In Granito our characters sift for clues buried in archives of mind and place and historical memory, seeking to uncover a narrative that could unlock the past and settle matters of life and death in the present. Each of the five main characters whose destinies collide in Granito are connected by Guatemala’s past. In 1982, Guatemala was engulfed in an armed conflict during which a genocidal “scorched earth” campaign by the military killed nearly 200,000 Maya people including 45,000 disappeared. Now, as if a watchful Maya god were weaving back together threads of a story unraveled by the passage of time, forgotten by most, our characters become integral to the overarching narrative of wrongs done and justice sought that they have pieced together, each adding their granito, their tiny grain of sand, to the epic tale. Listen to the Human Rights Watch Podcast on Granito: [Click here to listen/download] Watch Granito, Every Memory Matters about the film’s sister project: [http://vimeo.com/28082375]
Statement from Pamela Yates and Skylight Pictures / Comunicado de Pamela Yates y Skylight Pictures
We have investigated the massacre scene from “When the Mountains Tremble” and are currently working on a short film about Batzul, the site of the massacre. Read the statement from Pamela Yates regarding the Batzul massacre
A survivor of the Batzul massacre in 2014, holding a photo of herself from 1982.