Director Pamela Yates went to Guatemala in 1982 to make a documentary about a hidden war. When the Mountains Tremble, featured a young Maya activist named Rigoberta Menchu, who later on won the Nobel Peace Prize. Rigoberta Menchu has dedicated her life to publicizing the plight of Guatemala’s indigenous peoples during and after the Guatemalan Civil War (1960–1996). In 2004 lawyers prosecuting an international genocide case asked Pamela to go back to her ’82 documentary and its outtakes for possible evidence to be used against the same dictator, who spoke to her on camera 3 decades before.
Two documentaries intertwine, past & present, to unveil history that would hold the fate of the persecutors. Unlocking the past to settle the present, GRANITO, follows five main characters whose destinies 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. A tale of war crimes and seeking justice, GRANITO comes out in September.