Just two weeks ago the ex-dictator of Guatemala, General Efraín Ríos Montt, was ordered to stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity and has been placed under house arrest. The ruling was a victory for the relatives of those killed in Guatemala’s 36-year civil war which includes families in communities where Reading Village works. After thirty years of immunity for Ríos Montt and years of work by human rights advocates, forensic scientists and Mayan survivors of the Guatemalan genocide, justice is finally in sight.
Among the overwhelming evidence collected to present a case against Ríos Montt wsa footage from the film Granito: How to Nail a Dictator. Reading Village is honored to be a part of bringing Granito to the Boulder International Film Festival 2012 and its Call2Action program. Granito is part political thriller and part memoir, in which the filmmaker, Pamela Yates, transports us back in time to follow the threads of work by a cast of characters joined by destiny and a quest to bring a malevolent dictator to justice. In this award-winning documentary, we are invited to witness the granito, the tiny grain of sand, that each character contributed to this momentous time in history.
Buy your tickets now! And be sure to join us in the Call2Action tent after the film for a panel discussion with Reading Village and Philanthropiece and concrete actions you can take to contribute your own granito to social justice in Guatemala.