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Granito2011

How to Nail a Dictator

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In a startling loop of time and memory, GRANITO shows how a filmmaker's first documentary has been instrumental to indict Guatemalan ex-dictator Ríos Montt. Back in 1982, a young first time filmmaker, Pamela Yates, gained unprecedented access to Ríos Montt, his generals and leftist guerrillas waging a clandestine war deep in the mountains. GRANITO is about the remarkable impact of a film on a nation's fight for justice, dramatically entered as evidence to bring a dictator to justice and give Mayan people their day in court. It is an inside, as-it-happens account of the way a new generation of human rights activists operates in a globalized world. GRANITO shows how each individual's effort becomes a tiny grain of sand, a Granito to tip the scales of justice.

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Part mystery, part quest for justice, part courtroom drama, "Granito" is a powerful story of the genocide in Guatemala and the continuing struggle for those responsible to get what they deserve. Much of the evidence comes from an unlikely source, the reels of outtakes from a documentary filmed there in 1982. This shows that even when you do not think what you are doing is important, it could come back as the most important thing in someone else's world. Very compelling and well constructed.

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Part mystery, part quest for justice, part courtroom drama, "Granito" is a powerful story of the genocide in Guatemala and the continuing struggle for those responsible to get what they deserve. Much of the evidence comes from an unlikely source, the reels of outtakes from a documentary filmed there in 1982. This shows that even when you do not think what you are doing is important, it could come back as the most important thing in someone else's world. Very compelling and well constructed.

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Excellent

Si, porque es algo muy real en la Vida de los que no tiene vos de tododos los pueblos oprimidos.

considering that I just returned from an international solidarity project in Guatemala, this movie was riveting.