2017, USA, 105 min
Director: Pamela Yates
Producer: Paco de Onis
In 500 Years we follow the Maya peoples’ struggle for how history itself is told. The film begins with the trial against the former dictator General Ríos Montt, who is accused of orchestrating the genocide against the Mayans in the 80’s. We are led through the conflictual history of Guatemala, but 500 Years is also a film about the value of popular resistance against a corrupt and unjust power.
Debate at DEBATTSCENEN, CINEMATEKET after the screening 9th of March: Guatemala’s “Peace”?