Updated: The acclaim continues to come in for Granito. More quotes added below.
Tonight, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator airs on POV. The film, directed by Pamela Yates, goes behind the scenes of Yates’ 1983 documentary When the Mountains Tremble, showing how the documentary became a powerful piece of evidence that aided human rights activists in bringing the perpetrators of the Guatemalan genocide to justice.
Read what the critics have to say about this gripping film:
“Granito… doesn’t simply relate history; it is also part of history.”
— Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“Extraordinary… a documentary that proves without doubt that documentary films can influence current events and politics.”
— Jennifer Merin, About.com
“Both a humanitarian legal thriller and a quest to find justice through cinema… It’s heartwarming to see Mountains subject and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rigoberta Menchú still fighting the good fight.”
— Aaron Hillis, The Village Voice
“Much of it plays like a good thriller.”
— Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter
“A heartening testament to the notion that, if people will it, monsters can ultimately be vanquished.”
— Dan Persons, Huffington Post
“Granito demonstrates the power of documentary films as agents of change.”
— Shelley Gabert, Documentary Magazine
“Granito is a journey of brutality, impunity and hope.”
— Anna-Claire Bevan, Revue: Guatemalaâ€™s English-language Magazine
“An epic tale of justice… this film has served its purpose — nailing a dictator — and will live on to educate about the abuses of power.”"
— Geneva Anderson, ART hound
“Proof that documentaries can change things comes tonight on POV.”
— Roger Catlin Online
“A riveting, haunting tale of genocide and justice that spans four decades, two films and in many ways, Yatesâ€™s own career.”
— Basil Tsiokos, What (Not) to Doc
“A shining example of small actions that truly matter on a global scale.”
— David Crumm, ReadTheSpirit.com
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