GRANITO: How to Nail a Dictator
While nearly all of those with interests in Latin America are all too aware of the genocide that occurred in the latter half of the 20th century in Guatemala, for much of the world this period of violence is unknown. As the world struggles to create ways to promote peace and justice and to fight evil and poverty, there is one thing of which we are certain: you cannot change something if you do not know about it. Making your story known can make all the difference.
Skylight Pictures and it’s co-founder’s Pamela Yates, Peter Kinoy, and it’s producer Paco de Onís have taken a very ambitious step to not only bring the events of the Guatemalan civil war into the national spotlight, but also to impact the history directly. The film GRANITO: How to Nail a Dictator was an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and also had its world premiere there. It received the award for ‘Best Creative Documentary’ in the Paris International Film Festival. Also, Rigoberta Menchú the Nobel Peace Laureate of When the Mountains Tremble is both in the film and showed her support for it at the Sundance Film Festival.
This film is nearly 30 years in the making and features real life footage taken during the most dangerous times of the 1980s in Guatemala. In the trailer it is apparent that this film is not just a documentary. It aims to change the way that history continues to run its course today in Guatemala. It holds accountable those who have never been charged for the crimes they committed years ago and it shows that the people of Guatemala have not forgotten. The film will be showing in select theaters starting September 14th.