LLILAS Benson's Kent Norsworthy will give brief remarks at Granito: How To Nail a Dictator screening
On Friday, November 15 at 6pm, Austin Community College's Peace and Conflict Studies Program and Cine Las Americas will screen Granito: How To Nail a Dictator (Pamela Yates, 2012) as part of its Cinema of Conflict and Transformation Film Series. The film will be introduced by Kent Norsworthy, LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator, who has worked extensively with the Guatemala Historical National Police Archive (featured in the film) to create the Digital Archive of the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive hosted by UT Austin. This event is free and open to the public.
"Granito: How to Nail a Dictator is a story of destinies joined by Guatemala’s past, and how a documentary film intertwined with a nation’s turbulent history emerges as an active player in the present. In Granito our characters sift for clues buried in archives of mind and place and historical memory, seeking to uncover a narrative that could unlock the past and settle matters of life and death in the present. Each of the five main characters whose destinies collide in Granito are connected by Guatemala’s past. In 1982, Guatemala was engulfed in an armed conflict during which a genocidal “scorched earth” campaign by the military killed nearly 200,000 Maya people including 45,000 disappeared. Now, as if a watchful Maya god were weaving back together threads of a story unraveled by the passage of time, forgotten by most, our characters become integral to the overarching narrative of wrongs done and justice sought that they have pieced together, each adding their granito, their tiny grain of sand, to the epic tale." - Skylight Pictures
Austin Community College - Eastview Campus
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