500 Years

Invited

As the culmination of her Guatemala trilogy (starting with When the Mountains Tremble and Granito: How to Nail a Dictator), Pamela Yates’s 500 Years chronicles the populist uprising in 2015 that led to President Otto Pérez Molina’s resignation and imprisonment. Beginning with the 2013 trial of former president Efraín Ríos Montt for genocide and crimes against humanity, the film weaves between history and present to illustrate Guatemala’s current political situation. However, the true story lies in the Mayan narratives, whose protagonists have long been oppressed, criminalized, and dehumanized by the Guatemalan elites who hold power over the country. It is their struggle—one that began 500 years ago with the colonization of Guatemala by the Spanish—that finally achieves a victory with Pérez Molina’s incarceration, as well as slight justice for years of pillaging and slaughter by the government. There is still much work to be done, but after 500 years, there is finally hope. BD

Q&A following screening

Director

Pamela Yates

Producer

Paco de Onís

Editor

Peter Kinoy

Cinematographers

Melle van Essen, Rene Soza

Original Title

500 Años

Release Year

2017

Festival Year

2017

Country

United States

Run Time

108 minutes

Subtitled

Yes