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JUSTICE MATTERS

500 Years: Life in Resistance

PAMELA YATES
Guatemala, USA, 2017
108 minutes, Color
Official website   |  Español  |  Facebook event

In Person: Director Pamela Yates; producer Paco de Onis; Jo-Marie Burt (moderator) Professor George Mason University and senior fellow Washington Office on Latin America; Adriana Beltran, Director for Citizen Security, WOLA; and representative from International Mayan League-USA

Resistance is a way of life, as this film's subtitle implies. Nowhere is this truer than for Mayans in Guatemala, whose struggles are indelibly narrated in 500 Years, the third film in Pamela Yates' and Skylight Pictures' trilogy on the topic (with Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, winner of FFDC's 2012 Justice Matters award, and When the Mountains Tremble). Yates's camera is seemingly everywhere—in the Capital courtroom where former general and president Rios Montt is on trial for genocide, and in the mountains where families retreated to escape the army that killed or disappeared over 100,000 Mayans during the "secret war," their land still being confiscated by the corporate establishment. A very present-day story is intimately articulated by journalists and peasant leaders, farmers and intellectuals. Indigenous people, with their longing for justice, may just lead the way for all Guatemalans to find common cause in democracy.—Judy Bloch

In Spanish, English and Mayan with English subtitles

JUSTICE MATTERS

500 Years: Life in Resistance

PAMELA YATES
Guatemala, USA, 2017
108 minutes, Color
Official website   |  Español  |  Facebook event

In Person: Director Pamela Yates; producer Paco de Onis; Jo-Marie Burt (moderator) Professor George Mason University and senior fellow Washington Office on Latin America; Adriana Beltran, Director for Citizen Security, WOLA; and representative from International Mayan League-USA

Resistance is a way of life, as this film's subtitle implies. Nowhere is this truer than for Mayans in Guatemala, whose struggles are indelibly narrated in 500 Years, the third film in Pamela Yates' and Skylight Pictures' trilogy on the topic (with Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, winner of FFDC's 2012 Justice Matters award, and When the Mountains Tremble). Yates's camera is seemingly everywhere—in the Capital courtroom where former general and president Rios Montt is on trial for genocide, and in the mountains where families retreated to escape the army that killed or disappeared over 100,000 Mayans during the "secret war," their land still being confiscated by the corporate establishment. A very present-day story is intimately articulated by journalists and peasant leaders, farmers and intellectuals. Indigenous people, with their longing for justice, may just lead the way for all Guatemalans to find common cause in democracy.—Judy Bloch

In Spanish, English and Mayan with English subtitles


Sunday, April 22
6:00 PM
$14.00

Guatemalan Human Rights Commission/USA
Washington Office on Latin America
International Mayan League

Trailers may not have subtitles but all of our foreign language films do.
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