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Granito: How to Nail a Dictator
Producer: Paco de Onis
Genre: Documentary
Program Length: 1 Episode/60 Minutes
Broadcast Date: Thursday, June 28, 2012 on PBS
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GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR 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: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR 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: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR 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.

GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR is a co-production of Skylight Pictures, Inc. and Independent Television Service (ITVS), produced in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), with funding provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). For more information about the film, please visit the filmmaker’s website at: www.skylightpictures.com/films/granito

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