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R!C!A! Film Screening: Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

In a stunning milestone for justice in Central America, a Guatemalan court recently charged former dictator Efraín Rios Montt with genocide for his brutal war against the country’s Mayan people in the 1980s — and Pamela Yates’ 1983 documentary, When the Mountains Tremble, provided key evidence for bringing the indictment. Granito: How to Nail a Dictator tells the extraordinary story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, became a granito — a tiny grain of sand — that helped tip the scales of justice. 

Following the screening, please join us for a Q&A conversation with director Pamela Yates and producer Paco de Onis.

Pamela-YatesPamela Yates (Director) is a co-founder of Skylight Pictures, a company dedicated to creating films and digital media tools that advance awareness of human rights and the quest for justice by implementing multi-year outreach campaigns designed to engage, educate and activate social change. She is the Director of the Sundance Special Jury award winning When the Mountains Tremble; The Executive Producer of the Academy Award winning Witness to War; and the Director of State of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism,which has been translated into 47 languages and broadcast in 154 countries. Her film, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator was used as forensic evidence in the Rios Montt genocide conviction in Guatemala.


Paco-De-onisPaco de Onís (Producer) grew up in several Latin American countries during a time of dictatorships. He is a Producer and partner at Skylight, a human rights media organization dedicated to creating documentary films and innovative media tools for long-term strategies to advance social and economic justice. During the past decade he has produced several feature-length documentary films (http://skylight.is/films/) that include Granito: How to Nail a Dictator and The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court. He has also produced companion interactive digital platforms to advance awareness and change on the issues illustrated in the films: Granito: Every Memory Matters (to restore the collective memory of genocide in Guatemala); IJCentral (to promote global rule of law); and Dictator in the Dock (a 24-webisode series and resource hub on the genocide trial of former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt).

Cosponsored by Commissioning Truths, a Trent Foundation project. Presented by the Duke Human Rights Center@FHI, the Human Rights Archive, and the Archive of Documentary Arts and Screen/Society. 

Click here to read an interview with Pamela Yates about the making of the film.



January 22, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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