Past screening

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

Directed by: Pamela Yates
Runtime: 1hr 22min Year: 2011
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Directed by: Pamela Yates
Runtime: 1hr 22min Year: 2011
Country: United States

In a startling loop of time and memory, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2011) shows how a filmmaker's first documentary was instrumental in indicting Ríos Montt.

“Sometimes a film makes history; it doesn’t just document it.”

When Pamela Yates made her first documentary, When the Mountains Tremble (1982), she could not have imagined that 30 years later it would be used as forensic evidence in the trial against Guatemalan ex-dictator Efraín Ríos Montt.

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 the quest to bring a malevolent dictator to justice.

We are delighted to welcome Pamela Yates and Paco de Onís to London for a one-off event – a screening of Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, which brings together the past and the present, and short documentary The Verdict, which captures the trial and sentencing of Ríos Montt. This will be followed by an in-depth conversation about their work and out-reach activity, including clips from their latest film Disruption, which premieres at Movies that Matter festival in March.