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When the Mountains Tremble

Watch video from inside the Ríos Montt trial, from the filmmakers of Granito »

When the Mountains Tremble, filmed in 1982 at the height of the Guatemalan Army's repression against the Mayan indigenous people, has become a classic political documentary. It describes the struggle of the largely Indian peasantry against a heritage of state and foreign oppression. Centered on the experiences of Rigoberta Menchú, the film is a prequel to Granito: How to Nail a Dictator.