March 31, 2023

HRW Film Festival: Granito, How to Nail a Dictator

Granito: How To Nail A Dictator is this year’s Opening Night Film of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. Granito is a documentary detective story focused on the role of filmic and archival documentation in the prosecution of a genocide case against Guatemalan generals.

During Guatemala’s brutal civil war, filmmaker Pamela Yates captured damning footage of the Guatemalan military’s campaign against Mayan civilians. Twenty-five years later, her footage became evidence in an international war-crimes case against the former commander of the army. Her quest for justice is the subject of her new film, Granito.

Screening includes Q&A with filmmakers and OPC Award Winners Pamela Yates, Paco de Onis, Peter Kinoy and film protagonists. Reception to follow.