A story of destinies joined by Guatemala's past, and how a documentary film intertwined with a nation's turbulent history emerges as an active player in the present.

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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. In January 2012, after 30 years of legal impunity, former Guatemalan general and dictator Efraín Ríos Montt was indicted by a Guatemalan court for crimes against humanity. Decades after the events, he was charged with committing genocide against the country's poor, Mayan people in the 1980s becoming the first former head of state to be tried in his own country for genocide. "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator" reveals the thirty year struggle to bring Guatemala's ex-dictator Ríos Montt to justice for genocide against the Mayan population. Part political thriller, part memoir, Yates transports us back in time through a riveting, haunting tale of genocide and returns to the present with a cast of characters joined by destiny and the quest to bring a malevolent dictator to justice. As if a watchful Maya god were weaving back together ... Written by pacony

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25 January 2011 (USA)  »

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$1,793 (USA) (23 September 2011)

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$37,790 (USA) (6 January 2012)
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Granito...sifting thru the remains of thousands, millions of documents and the Search for Justice
15 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a brilliant documentary about a largely hidden history (for north Americans, that is) about the savage violence they suffered under a dictatorship Reagan regime aided and abetted. The saving grace is that despite years of injustice ...some of the worst offenders are being brought to justice in Guatemala, at least. The odd relationships between the US evangelical hierarchy and the extreme right wingers of the GOP has never been brought to light by US msm ... despite US training and weapons, along with Israeli military trainers who worked in Central America during this period along also doing arms sales. Granito brings many of these threads together and weaves the story that once again reminds us that the moral arc of the universe is long...This is a must see if you are at all interested in justice, human rights and the prosecution of war criminals.


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