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Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

DVD

104 minutes
Source: Skylight Pictures

A Guatemalan court recently charged former dictator Efraín Rios Montt with genocide for his brutal war against the country’s Mayan people in the 1980s. A 1983 documentary, When the Mountains Tremble, provided key evidence for bringing the indictment.

Granito shows how multiple efforts--the work of the lawyers, the testimony of survivors, a documentary film, the willingness of a Spanish judge to assert international jurisdiction--each become a granito, a tiny grain of sand, adding up to tip the scales of justice.

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