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How to Nail a DictatorWatch Trailer
Part political thriller, part memoir, Yates transports us back in time through a riveting, haunting tale of genocide and returns to the present with a cast of characters joined by destiny and the quest to bring a malevolent dictator to justice.
As if a watchful Maya god were weaving back together threads of a story unraveled by the passage of time, forgotten by most, our 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.
In a startling loop of time and memory, "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator”, the astonishing film by Pamela Yates, shows how a filmmaker's first documentary has been instrumental to indict Guatemalan ex-dictator Ríos Montt.
In January 2012, after 30 years of legal impunity, Ríos Montt was indicted by a Guatemalan court for crimes against humanity. He was charged with committing genocide against the Mayan people in the 1980s, becoming the first former head of state to be tried in his own country for genocide.
Granito... doesn't simply relate history; it is also part of history.
The New York Times
GRANITO….is contributing significantly to our understanding of the past, the present, and the future of Guatemala, Latin America and the United States.
…It is a work that deserves to thrive in the classrooms of American, Spanish, and Latin American universities.
Part courtroom drama, part political thriller and part war movie, Granito: How to Nail A Dictator is one of the most compelling. gripping and inspiring documentaries of the year to date. Watching the film, you feel that you're privy to an insider's experience in furthering the fight for human rights and justice.
“Granito"...is more than just a guide to bringing a despot to justice. It is also Ms. Yates’s personal reflection on the purpose and craft of documentary filmmaking, on more than 50 years of tumultuous history in Guatemala, and on how her own views on both those subjects have evolved...the issues Ms. Yates raises...could hardly be more timely.
The New York Times
An engagement with the past that truly puts the ‘document’ in documentary.
Wall St. Journal
The PBS series P.O.V. in conjunction with the filmmakers has provided a range of online study resources, short video Granito Files, with interviews with key charachters in Granito, and a discussion guide available for download here.
Visit the official website for Granito