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Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

Sunday, July 16

TRIPLE FEATURE! See all three films in The Resistance Saga on Sun Jul 16 (When the Mountains Tremble at 1:00pm, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator at 2:45pm, and 500 Years at 5:05pm) for only $25 ($20 members)! Offer available in person at the box office. 

“The Resistance Saga is a cinematic project designed to galvanize audiences to fight back when society is faced with authoritarianism and demagogues, and celebrate the role that the arts can play in creating, strengthening, and communicating narratives of nonviolent resistance. In so many ways, indigenous peoples throughout the Americas have set the example of long-term courageous and strategic resistance against daunting odds, with a powerful example being the saga of the Mayan people as depicted in director Pamela Yates’ films When the Mountains Tremble, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator and the latest installment, 500 Years: Life in Resistance.

“All three films of the Guatemalan trilogy have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival during the past 35 years. When the Mountains Tremble (1984) introduced indigenous rights leader Rigoberta Menchú as the storyteller in her role to expose repression during Guatemala’s brutal armed conflict. Winner of the Special Jury Award at Sundance, the film was seen worldwide and translated into 10 languages. It helped put Menchú on the world stage and 10 years later she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Yates’ sequel, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2011) is a political thriller detailing international efforts to build a genocide case against Guatemalan General Efraín Ríos Montt. The case included outtakes from When the Mountains Tremble as forensic evidence in the prosecution of Montt. The third film, 500 Years: Life in Resistance (2017), picks up where Granito leaves off, providing inside access to the first trial in the history of the Americas to prosecute the genocide of indigenous people. Driven by universal themes of justice, power, and corruption, the film provides a platform for the majority indigenous Mayan population, which is now poised to reimagine their society.” – Human Rights Watch Film Festival

When the Mountains Tremble 
Pamela Yates and Thomas Newton Sigel, 1984, 83 min., Spanish

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator
Pamela Yates, 2011, 104 min., Spanish

500 Years
Pamela Yates, 2017, 108 min. English, Spanish, Mayan languages.

  • Director Pamela Yates