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Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

January 12, 2012

United Nations Association of New York 

invites you to join us for a special one-night film screening of

How To Nail A Dictator

Followed by a post-screening discussion with the film’s director

Pamela Yates

Tuesday, January 17th

The horrors of Guatemala’s civil war defy rationalization. Death-count estimates, numbering at least 200,000 Maya people exterminated by the military, far outstrip those of the dictatorships of Fidel Castro and Augusto Pinochet. Part political thriller, part memoir, Granito takes us through a haunting tale of genocide and justice that spans four decades, two films, and filmmaker Pamela Yates’s own career.

Granito is a story of destinies joined together by Guatemala’s past and of how a documentary film from 1982, When the Mountains Tremble, emerges as an active player in the present by becoming forensic evidence in a genocide case against a military dictator. In an incredible twist of fate, Yates was allowed to shoot the only known footage of the army as it carried out the genocide. Twenty-five years later, this footage becomes evidence in an international war crimes case against the very army commander who permitted Yates to film. Irrevocably linked by the events of 1982, each of the film’s characters is integral to the country’s reconstruction of a collective memory, the search for truth, and the pursuit of justice. Through the work of American filmmakers, forensics experts in Guatemala, and lawyers in Spain, the quest for accountability in Guatemala continues-with each individual contributing his or her own “granito,” or tiny grain of sand to the epic tale. The film was one of the Official Selections of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Q&A discussions with director Pamela Yates and producer Paco de Onís will take place after the screening.


$10.00 for UNA MEMBERS

$15.00 for non-members and guests





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Questions?  Please call (212) 907-1353 or e-mail us at   

Where & When:

The Tribeca Grand Hotel

2 Avenue of the Americas

between White and Walker Streets

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

6:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Registration with Cash Bar

Screening begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. followed by the discussion

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