ICTJ Presents Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

3/18/2011

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ICTJ congratulates Skylight Pictures on the latest film in its transitional justice series, "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator."

The film is currently on its worldwide festival tour, and has been awarded the Peace and Reconciliation Prize at the Geneva Human Rights Film Festival and the Grand Prix at the Paris International Human Rights Film Festival. ICTJ provided transitional justice expertise and served as a key outreach partner for the film.

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"Granito," meaning "tiny grain of sand," invokes the ideas and possibilities of collective change. The film highlights this concept and the connections between documentation and the pursuit of justice. The story follows an unlikely twist of events, when footage from the director's first film about conflict in Guatemala, "When the Mountains Tremble," re-emerged as evidence in the genocide case 25 years later.

“Granito” also explores recently discovered national police archives and DNA evidence retrieved during the exhumations of Guatemala’s mass graves, evidence coming together in the continuing effort to end impunity for mass human rights crimes.