HumanDocs Film Series: Granito is in the past.
Lipscomb's HumanDocs Film Series concludes its 2012-13 regular season of quality documentaries with Granito: How to Nail a Dictator. The film screens Wednesday, April 10, 8:30 pm, in Lipscomb's Ward Hall.
Centered on human rights abuse in Guatemala during the Central American nation's civil war in the 1980s, the film is timely. Former Guatemalan general Jose Efraín Ríos Montt is now on trial in his own nation for crimes against humanity in connection with the slaughter of some 1,700 indigenous people three decades ago. According to media reports, the Guatemalan case is unique in its submission of a former head of state to trial by a national tribunal for crimes against humanity
Granito tells the story of how footage by Pamela Yates, a young filmmaker documenting the conflict in Guatemala in the 1980s, gained new life as part of the evidence helping bring Guatemalan leaders to justice.
Focused on Central America and the region's struggle for peace, Granito bookends the 2012-13 HumanDocs series, which began last September with Nostalgia for the Light, an exploration of Chile and its attempts to come to terms with the violence of the Pinochet dictatorship.
"HumanDocs is proud to partner with Lipscomb's Department of Foreign Languages, Nashville Public Television, PBS Point-of-View, and the Nashville Film Festival to bring Granito to Lipscomb. The screening is free and open to the public."
After the showing, a panel of experts will discuss the issues explored in the film. The panelists are:
Preston Shipp (moderator), attorney, former appellate prosecutor
Steve Sherman, College of Bible and Ministry, Lipscomb
Magdalena Sherman, former medical missionary, Guatemala
Kate Savage, organizer and researcher, Guatemala Solidarity Project