LPB would like to congratulate filmmakers Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis for the award they received at the Geneva Human Rights Film Festival on Saturday, March 12th for their powerful human rights documentary GRANITO. The film was awarded the Foundation Barbara Hendricks Peace & Reconciliation Prize in Honor of Sergio Vieira de Mello.
The filmmakers will use the $5,000 prize for the “Granito: Every Memory Matters” outreach campaign to be launched in Guatemala later this year.
Producer: Paco de Onis
Director: Pamela Yates
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. GRANITO is co-production of Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB)
For more information about the film, please visit the filmmaker’s website at: www.skylightpictures.com.