Granito: How To Nail A Dictator


It began as a film to document, the plight of the indigenous people of Guatemala in the midst of a brutal counter-insurgency campaign. Thirty years later, it is a documentary that offers evidence on celluloid in bid to put Efrain Rios Mont on trial for genocide, the former General and Guatemalan President who has just lost his bid for amnesty in his own country. Filmmaker Pamela Yates weighs in on How to Nail A Dictator

Part Three of The Current

Granito: How To Nail A Dictator

We started this segment with the beginning of Pamela Yates' 1983 documentary When the Mountains Tremble. The voice belongs to a very young Rigoberta Menchu. She went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her dedication in fighting for the rights of indigenous people in Guatemala. And Pamela Yates' documentary went on to be a classic.

Now, it's also become evidence. Footage for the film is being used in a case against a former Guatemalan dictator. Efrain Rios Montt is accused of crimes against humanity that took place when he led the army and the country in the early eighties. And Pamela Yates has directed a kind of sequel to the earlier film. This one is called Granito: How To Nail A Dictator. She was in New York City.

Last month in Guatemala a judge rejected Efrain Rios Montt's plea for amnesty, leaving the door open for his prosecution to move forward.

This segment was produced by The Current's Pedro Sanchez.

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