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When the Mountains Tremble

When the Mountains Tremble remains a compelling testimony to the struggle of the largely Mayan Indian population in . In 1960, six years after an American-organized coup toppled an elected president, a decades-long war ensued, which killed an estimated 200,000 people. Yates uses spot footage, interviews, video transmission, and re-enactment to show the war as it was in 1982, and focuses especially on the narrative of Rigoberta Menchú, the controversial Mayan rights and peace advocate who went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992. Yates’s new film, 500 Years (2017), screening October 28, follows up on the birth of a national and political awareness born in struggle.

Genres: Documentary

Other Films by Pamela Yates

500 Years

Completing her epic trilogy about Guatemala, which launched with When the Mountains Tremble (1983), a film that contributed to the downfall of the nation’s dictator, and Granito: How To Nail A Dictator (2011), which documented his crimes against humanity, 500 Years offers a sweeping chronicle of the decades-long evolution of resistance in that country. Through

Granito: How To Nail A Dictator

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