Posts Tagged ‘film about Guatemala’

Film “La Jaula De Oro”

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Another adoptive mom posted about La Jaula De Oro (The Golden Cage), a movie about three Guatemalan teens attempting to get to the US. My friend–who has traveled widely through Central America–called the film “totally authentic; you really are in Guatemala, Chiapas, the desert.” My friend also noted the film “doesn’t pull any punches about what happens on that trip,” so I’m guessing it’s not suitable for young children. (I haven’t see the movie myself.) La Jaula De Oro won awards at Cannes in 2013 and is available on HBO until the end of the year.


New film about civil war in Guatemala

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

A new documentary by Pamela Yates about the civil war in Guatemala, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, is due in theaters September 14, 2011. Here is the description from the website:

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.

The cast includes 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Rigobert MenchĂș. Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator… doesn’t simply relate history; it is also part of history.” Click on the website link here to watch the film trailer.