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Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

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PBS Premiere: June 28, 2012


In a stunning milestone for justice in Central America, a Guatemalan court recently charged former dictator Efraín Rios Montt with genocide for his brutal war against the country’s Mayan people in the 1980s — and Pamela Yates’ 1983 documentary, When the Mountains Tremble, provided key evidence for bringing the indictment. Granito: How to Nail a Dictator tells the extraordinary story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, became a granito — a tiny grain of sand — that helped tip the scales of justice. An Official Selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting. Watch video from inside the Ríos Montt trial, from the filmmakers of Granito »

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TAGS: documentation, documenting atrocities, genocide, guatemala, international court, international justice, latin america, maya, pamela yates, war crimes

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Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (90 min.)

Premiere Date: June 28, 2012

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Pamela Yates, Paco de Onís, Peter Kinoy Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Sundance 2011 Press Release | Press Release | Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim | 2013 Emmy Nomination Press Release

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