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Director: Pamela Yates | Producer: Paco de Onís | Editor: Peter Kinoy | Composer: Roger C. Miller | Cinematographer: Melle van Essen, Rene Soza | USA / 2017 / 108 min / Documentary
About the Film
500 Years completes director Pamela Yates’s epic trilogy about Guatemala, which launched in 1983 and contributed to the downfall of the nation’s dictator. Building on her previous work but accessible on its own, this sweeping story of resistance culminates in a genocide trial and the ouster of a corrupt president. The film bears witness to the experiences of the persecuted indigenous Mayan population and celebrates its emergence as a powerful political force poised to usher in a new age of hope.
This screening is co-presented by Facing History and Ourselves and is followed by a conversation with director Pamela Yates, subject Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj, and Marc Skvirsky of Facing History and Ourselves.
About the Filmmaker
Director Pamela Yates has a long history of collaborating with Mayans to help tell their story of resistance and drawing universal lessons from the saga. And now it has intensified. From her 1983 classic political documentary When the Mountains Tremble through to the building of the genocide trial against former President Ríos Montt as told in the 2011 film Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, and on to the present massive uprising of indigenous people for change, she has never seen an outpouring of protest of this magnitude in Guatemala.