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“Each of us is a ‘granito,’ a tiny grain of sand that can contribute to positive social change.”

-- Pamela Yates
  International Film Circuit presents a Skylight Pictures Production  



A film by Pamela Yates, Paco de Onís, and Peter Kinoy

USA 2011 • 103 minutes • All Digital Formats
In English and Spanish w/English subtitles

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Sometimes a film makes history; it doesn’t just document it. Such is the case with Granito, the astonishing new film by Pamela Yates. Part political thriller, part memoir, Granito takes us through a riveting, haunting tale of genocide and justice that spans four decades, two films, and in many ways, Yates’s own career. Embedded in Granito is Yates’s seminal 1982 film, When the Mountains Tremble, which introduced the world to the tragedy of the genocide carried out against the Mayan people by the Guatemalan government and propelled Mayan activist Rigoberta Menchú to the international stage. During filming, Yates was allowed to shoot the only known footage of the army as it carried out the genocide. Twenty-five years later, this film and its outtakes become evidence in an international war-crimes case against the former commander of the army, and Yates reunites with Menchú, now a Nobel laureate, and others who continue to contribute their granito (tiny grain of sand) in a continuing quest for the truth.
--Cara Mertes, Sundance Film Festival

“Doesn’t simply relate history; it is also part of history.”
-- Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“The film is gripping.
But not only that, it is in itself evidence of the importance of filmmaking.
If you think films can't change the world, see this film and think again.”

-- Jennifer Merin, About.com

“Plays like a good thriller…one of the most unique documentaries [at Sundance this year] was Pamela Yates’ GRANITO. This is because the film is not just an investigation of social injustice but a commentary on the documentary filmmaker’s role in the events he or she chronicles…”
-- Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

-- Lewis Beale, NY Daily News

With remarkable courage [the filmmakers] made their way
to the heart of the rebel insurgency.”

-- Andrew Marr, BBC

“GRANITO slips smoothly across time and space.
Part investigation, part reflection, and part memoire.”

-- Stuart Nusbaumer, Filmmaker Magazine


Sundance Film Festival 2011 Documentary Premieres
New Works by Master Filmmakers

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2011
Opening Night
Peace and Reconciliation Prize
Geneva International Human Rights Film Festival, 2011

Grand Prix for Creative Documentary
Paris Human Rights Film Festival, 2011


Founders Prize for Best Documentary
Traverse City Film Festival 2011


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