Granito (2011)

In 1983, Pamela Yates went to Guatemala to film a war between the country’s military and indigenous populations. The resulting film, When the Mountains Tremble, inspired an international lawyer, some 20 years later, to search footage of the 1983 film — Was there was anything in the film to implicate General Efrain Rios Montt, the subject of a mounting investigation for his involvement in the indigenous Mayan genocide in the 1980s?

In Granito (POV 2012), the documentary resulting from the investigation, a Spanish court sees outtakes from Yates’s original film, demonstrating Montt’s awareness of the atrocities that besieged the nation during its civil war. He was recently indicted for genocide.

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Kapish Singla is a Winter 2012 intern with POV Digital. He has previously interned at Cinereach and Rooftop Films. He holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in anthropology.