The scorched earth campaign to exterminate the Mayans during Guatemala’s 36 year civil war, spearheaded by General Rios Montt, dictator and military leader, responsible for massacres, rape and torture, was found by a UN backed Truth Commission to be an act of deliberate genocide. Pamela Yates’ documentary film ‘When the Mountains Tremble’ and its outtakes narrated by Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchú are being used 26 years later as forensic evidence. It has resulted in an indictment for Montt on grounds of genocide in a case brought by Menchú herself. ‘Granito: how to nail a dictator’ documents this process and the role of documentary filmmaking in recording evidence, opening up new means of redress for human rights abuses around the world and in the specific context of Sri Lanka, where the evidence of abuses of its civil war remain scattered across the globe.
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