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Granito to Premiere at Sundance 2011

Family of disappeared activist Fernando García. Photo: Dana LixenbergFamily of disappeared activist Fernando García. Photo: Dana Lixenberg

As 2010 draws to a close, we’re applying the finishing touches to our new documentary, Granito, just in time for the film’s world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Granito 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. Granito’s central characters are connected by the Guatemala of 1982, then engulfed in a war where the military’s genocidal “scorched earth” campaign exterminated nearly 200,000 Mayans. In the present-day, Granito’s 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.
To accompany the release of Granito we will launch a transmedia project called Granito: Every Memory Matters (G:EMM), for which we have developed a mobile application that will serve as a “memory collector”, in an extended outreach and engagement campaign that will restore the collective memory of the Guatemalan genocide.
Granito’s world premiere at Sundance will be part of an all-new “Documentary Premieres” category that is dedicated to showcasing “films on big subjects and new works by master filmmakers” (we are honored!).  For screening dates click here.

Paco de Onís

Paco is the Executive Director and Executive Producer of Skylight, a human rights media organization dedicated to advancing social justice through storytelling by creating documentary films and media tools that can applied in long-term strategies for positive social change.

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