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Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

In her 1983 documentary When the Mountains Tremble, Pamela Yates followed the struggle of Guatemalan Maya guerrillas against the genocidal military junta headed by General Jose Efrain Rios Montt and backed by the Reagan administration. Her new film Granito interweaves the stories of survivors and activists whose lives connect through their shared histories and their mission to bring Montt to justice for genocide. Part political exposé, part courtroom drama, part personal quest, this meditative film both documents and participates in a journey to sift through the past to reshape the future.

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Opinion doesn’t come much more divided than the critical reaction to We Need to Talk About Kevin, starring Tilda Swinton as the mother of a psychopathic son. As many respected, intelligent commentators have raved about the film as have panned it as one of the years worst.

In Darkness

One of this year’s nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, In Darkness is based on a true story that took place in the Polish city of Lvov. In a Jewish ghetto slated for liquidation by the Nazi occupiers, a group of Jews escaped into the labyrinthine underground sewer system, where they hid for 14 months.

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