Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala

“Victoria Sanford’s book Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala is a vehicle for survivors of La Violencia, the period of human rights abuses against Maya Indians in Guatemala, to tell their stories of persecution and, ultimately, of survival. Buried Secrets strives not only to tell the stories of the victims, but to show how their testimonies help to find both truth and justice for the Maya in Guatemala. Sanford uses the testimonies in two ways: to further her hypothesis that La Violencia was a systematic genocide and to show the power of the language of the testimonials in bringing about political power and justice to the Maya people.” Full information…





“Part political thriller, part memoir, the film GRANITO shadows a haunting crime across four decades. As activists, experts and lawyers build an international human rights case against a Guatemalan military dictator, Pamela Yates’s 1982 film When the Mountains Tremble emerges as forensic evidence—a witness to the genocide it documented. Recording the search for truth and accountability, her latest work captures the arc of history as it bends towards justice.”

“Granito: How To Nail A Dictator” theatrical trailer from Skylight Pictures on Vimeo.


Reparando, a film set primarily in the country’s capital of Guatemala City, is “a documentary on Guatemala’s struggle to repair itself and its people following a 36-year civil war. On the morning of June 18. 1954, the US CIA dropped leaflets in Guatemala City demanding the resignation of the president. Guatemala was ravaged by Civil War for the next 36 years. But hope is rising. In the midst of incredible odds, victims have been transformed into champions who willfully embrace the pain of their past to help repair the next generation. This is their story. Shorty – a former gang member who is now a pastor, and Tita – a woman who started a school in Guatemala’s most notorious slum have joined forces to repair La Limonada.”


Reparando – Trailer – 01 from Athentikos on Vimeo.


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