Pamela Yates: Director/Partner

Pamela Yates is an American documentary filmmaker. She was born and raised in the Appalachian coal-mining region of Pennsylvania but ran away at the age of 16 to live New York City.

Yates is a co-founder of Skylight Pictures (with Peter Kinoy), a company dedicated to creating films and digital media tools that advance awareness of human rights and the quest for justice by implementing multi-year outreach campaigns designed to engage, educate and activate social change.

Four of Yates’ films as a Director - When the Mountains TremblePoverty OutlawTakeover, and The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court — were nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and When the Mountains Tremble won the Special Jury Award in 1984. Her film, State of Fear: The Truth about Terrorism, has been translated into 47 languages and broadcast in 154 countries. Her most recent directorial effort, The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court (ICC), is an epic tale about the first six tumultuous years of the ICC, filmed across 4 continents in 6 languages over 4 years.

She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in support of her current Sundance offering,Granito a feature-length documentary that is part political thriller, part memoir, transporting audiences through a riveting, haunting tale of genocide and justice spanning four decades.  She also directed the development of Granito:Every Memory Matters, a transmedia project using mobile applications to restore the collective memory of the Guatemalan genocide.

Yates recently completed Disruption (2014), a documentary which explores innovative strategies to reduce poverty through women’s economic empowerment in Latin America. She is currently working on 500 Years, the third in a triology of films (following When the Mountains Tremble and Granito), which explores the battle for the national narrative in present-day Guatemala.


Recent entries by Pamela Yates:

Setting the Record Straight

PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION RESULTS by PAMELA YATES and SKYLIGHT PICTURES – INVESTIGACIÓN PRELIMINAR HECHA por PAMELA YATES y SKYLIGHT PICTURES

Using a Film to Nail a Dictator

Testifying on Guatemala’s Scorched Earth Policy

Why We Fight

Rigoberta for President!

Obstinate Memory

Time Turned Backwards: Making the Quechua Version of State of Fear