Jean Cocteau’s Films of Resistance Series continues with the Santa Fe premiere of the Sundance hit 500 YEARS with Director Pamela Yates and Producer Paco de Onis in attendance on Friday, December 1st at 7:00pm.
500 YEARS tells the epic story that led Guatemala to a tipping point in their history, from the genocide trial of General Rios Montt in 2012 to the popular movement that toppled President Otto Perez Molina. While the indigenous Mayan peoples of Guatemala are no stranger to oppression, the recent events that took place over a tumultuous three-year span, show that change finally seems possible when their movement is met with an outcry to end corruption from all sectors of Guatemalan society.
Focusing on universal themes of justice, racism, power and corruption, 500 YEARS tells the story from the perspective of the majority indigenous Mayan population, and their struggles against the brutal military regime of Pres. Montt. During this time Montt had close ties with the U.S. The U.S. armed and trained the Guatemalan Army, which then launched a scorched earth attack against Mayan civilians, including widespread massacres, rape, and torture. 500 YEARS is the third chapter of the trilogy of documentaries on Guatemala (The R, including Resistance Saga), led by Pamela Yates, and follows the films When the Mountains Tremble (1983) and Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2011).
Paco de Onis
Runtime: 105 min
NR / 2017