Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, on PBS June 28th

Those of you in the U.S with the slightest inkling of interest in Guatemala’s recent history, particularly in how a documentary film helped bring genocide charges against U.S.-backed former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, should check this out. For the rest of us outside the U.S., streaming info is at the bottom of this advisory via The National Security Archive:

‘Granito’ comes to your living room

PBS’s program Documentaries with a Point of View (POV) is nationally airing the documentary film, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10pm on PBS.  The film highlights the work of National Security Archive’s Guatemala Documentation Project director Kate Doyle. See here for a review of ‘Granito,’ and here for Kate’s reflections on “a film that makes history.”

In a stunning milestone for justice in Central America, a Guatemalan court recently charged former dictator Efrain Rios Montt with genocide for his brutal war against the country’s Mayan people in the 1980s — and Pamela Yates’ 1983 documentary, When the Mountains Tremble, provided key evidence for bringing the indictment. Granito: How to Nail a Dictator tells the extraordinary story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, became a granito — a tiny grain of sand — that helped tip the scales of justice.

You can visit this link and enter your zip code to find your local PBS channel and schedule. The film will also be streaming online on PBS website for free, available in English and Spanish, from June 29, 2012 through July 28, 2012. See a trailer here.

The National Security Archive website is here, and its blog, Unredacted, is here.

Photo: stained glass in the Lausanne Cathedral, taken by moi, July 2010.

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