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Directed by Pamela Yates

United States 2011 100 mins. In Spanish

Sometimes a film doesn’t just document history, it makes history. Such is the case with Granito. Part political thriller, part memoir, Granito tells a haunting tale of genocide and justice that spans four decades, two films, and in many ways, Yates’s own career. Embedded in the film is her seminal 1982 film, When the Mountains Tremble, which introduced the world to the tragedy of the genocide carried out against the Mayan people, which propelled Mayan activist Rigoberta Menchú to the international stage. Yates was allowed to shoot the only known footage of the army as it carried out the genocide. Twenty-five years later, this film and its outtakes became evidence in an international war crimes trial, and Yates reunites with Menchú, now a Nobel Laureate, and others who continue to contribute their granito (tiny grain of sand) in a continuing quest for the truth. In Spanish with English subtitles. Pamela Yates will introduce the film.



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