DEBATE following the screening of 500 Years.
In spite of the many shortcomings of the peace process, Guatemala has made major steps towards justice and recognition of indigenous rights. Investigations of war crimes and prosecutions of military and state leaders have given new hope to a civil society fighting for democratization. In the film 500 years we witness large mobilizations against corruption, in the wake of the genocide trial against former dictator Rios Montt, in 2013.
However, in the aftermath, threats against journalists, activists, judges, lawyers and opposition politicians have persisted. In a regional backlash against democracy, are the social movements we encounter in the film still vibrant? Is there hope for political change?
Panel: Andrea Ixchiú, journalist and activist from Guatemala. Pamela Yates, director of 500 Years. Mariel Aguilar-Støen, Center for Development and the Environment (UiO) Moderator: Benedicte Bull, Center for Development and the Environment (UiO).