“There is joy in dreaming about a new country, a country where we indigenous people, with our culture, our language, our spirituality, our worldview, can exist as part of this country.” – Daniel Pascual, Peasant Leader

500 YEARS is the story of Mayan resistance in Guatemala — to threaten the powerful and empower the dispossessed, from the first trial in the history of the Americas to prosecute the genocide of indigenous people in 2013 to a citizen’s uprising that threatens to topple a corrupt government.

The film exposes a world of brutality, entrenched racism and impunity, that challenges the historical narrative of Guatemala. Driven by universal themes of justice, power and corruption, the film provides a platform for the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to reimagine their society.

500 YEARS is the third chapter of the trilogy of documentaries on Guatemala by Pamela Yates including When the Mountains Tremble and Granito: How to Nail a Dictator.

The film will be showing on the 14th March as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, here in London. The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Pamela Yates, producer Paco de Onís, and Andrea Ixchíu, Mayan activist.

You can read more here on the Festival website.

Categories: Culture, Gender, Genocide, Guatemala, Human Rights, Indigenous peoples, Justice, Land, Poverty, Resource Extraction, Rios Montt, Video

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