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Directed by Pamela Yates

United States 1983 90 mins.

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.



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