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REAL ART WAYS PRESENTS A SPECIAL SCREENING OF GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR AND POST-FILM DISCUSSION WITH DIRECTOR PAMELA YATES

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Granito screening and post-film discussion with Pamela Yates will be Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Hartford, Connecticut - Real Art Ways will be screening Granito: How to Nail a Dictator with a post-film discussion with Director Pamela Yates.

Granito is the sequel to When Mountains Tremble (1984), the first and only documentary which looks at the war waged on Guatemalan Mayan population by the military led by de-facto Dictator and General Efraín Ríos Montt.

During Ríos Montt's 17-month rule in 1982 and 1983, the Guatemalan army pursued a scorched-earth campaign in the Mayan highlands that included widespread massacres, rape, torture and acts of genocide against the indigenous population.

Survivors' groups have sought justice through the courts for more than a decade. Granito picks up with Rigoberta Menchú's criminal pursuit of the generals in Spain's National Court (which has previously invoked the concept of universal jurisdiction to prosecute suspected war criminals). The prosecution is currently using clips and filmed outtakes from When the Mountains Tremble as forensic evidence in its genocide trial.

On January 26, 2012, exactly one year after the release of Granito: How To Nail A Dictator at the Sundance Film Festival, the ex-dictator of Guatemala, General Efraín Ríos Montt, was brought up on charges of genocide in a Guatemalan court and placed under house arrest.

On January 26, 2012, exactly one year after the release of Granito: How To Nail A Dictator at the Sundance Film Festival, the ex-dictator of Guatemala, General Efraín Ríos Montt, was brought up on charges of genocide in a Guatemalan court and placed under house arrest.

The defense argued that Ríos Montt did not have command responsibility over his army officers in the highlands, and that he was not responsible for the massacres. A clip from Granito belies this where Yates interviewed Montt in 1982 in which he says, "If I don't control the army, then who does?" [click here to read full article]

 

About Pamela Yates
Pamela Yates is an American documentary filmmaker and human rights activist. She has directed films about war crimes, racism, and genocide in the United States and Latin America with emphasis on the legal responses. Granito was an official selection included in the Premiere Documentary Section of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Yates received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on the film. Four of Yates' films — When the Mountains Tremble, Poverty Outlaw, Takeover, and Teatro! — were nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and When The Mountains Tremble won the award in 1984.

 

Cinema Admission
Real Art Ways Members: $5 (the same price since 1996!)
Seniors & Students Members: $4.50
Regular Admission (non-members): $10
Seniors (62+) / Students (full-time with ID): $7

 

Opening in the Cinema March 9, 2012
Chico and Rita
Nominated Best Animated Feature Film Oscar 2012
Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.

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