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.
Last Word - Charter of Rights and Freedoms Promo
Tomorrow on The Current, the 30th anniversary of a document that may have touched just about everyone in Canada-- and may continue to do for generations to come. Queen Elizabeth signed the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, adding it to the patriated Canadian constitution.
Few other countries have the kind of protections the Charter guarantees. It remains controversial and we'll examine why tomorrow. But on today's Last Word, Pierre Trudeau praises the new charter -- and you may get a hint of the controversies to come.
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