Granito : a story in three parts

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  • "GRANITO 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 the Guatemala of 1982, then engulfed in a war where a genocidal "scorched earth" campaign by the military exterminated nearly 200,000 Maya people. 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"--summary from website


  • "Granito is a co-production of Skylight Pictures, Inc. and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting"--End credits.
  • Guatemala: justice for the Mayan genocide. In 2006, Almudena Bernabeu became lead counsel on the Guatemala Genocide Case filed by Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú and others in Spain against seven senior Guatemalan military officials. The evidence was provided by a previous documentary directed by Pamela Yates: "When the mountains tremble", and the recently discovered archives of the Policía Nacional in Guatemala, and many interviews conducted by Bernabeu.
  • DVD; monaural.
  • In English and Spanish with English subtitles.


  • 1. Beginnings -- 2. Making "When the mountains trembled" -- 3. Introduction to the genocide case in Spain -- 4. Antonio Caba, a Maya leader -- 5. Finding evidence -- 6. Presenting evidence in Spain -- 7. Guatemala today -- 8. National Police Archives -- 9. Grains of sand conclusion -- 10. Credits
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