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Sometimes a film makes history; it doesn’t just document it. So it is with Granito: How to Nail A Dictator. Part political thriller, part memoir, Granito transports us back in time through a riveting, haunting tale of genocide and returns to the present with a cast of characters joined by destiny and the quest to bring a malevolent dictator to justice, each adding their “granito,” or tiny grain of sand, to the epic tale.




Pamela Yates looking to the side, smiling. She has long dark hair, and wears a wide-brimmed hat. Black and white portrait.Pamela Yates is a Guggenheim Fellow, the Director of the Sundance Award-winning When the Mountains Tremble, the Producer of the Emmy® Award-winning Loss of Innocence, and the Executive Producer of the Academy Award®-winning Witness to War. Previously Yates directed The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court and State of Fear. Pamela is a co-founder and partner of Skylight Pictures.




Granito had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011 to a standing ovation; it also served as forensic evidence in the genocide case against General Ríos Montt in Guatemala. The Spanish-language version of Granito premiered in 2012 in Guatemala at the National Theater, and has been presented in almost 100 film festivals around the globe and won awards including Best International Documentary  at the Icaro Central American Film Festival in Guatemala; the Peace & Reconciliation Prize in Honor of Sergio Vieira de Mello at the Geneva International Human Rights Film Festival; Grand Prix for Best Creative Documentary at the Paris International Human Rights Film Festival; Founder’s Award at the Traverse City Film Festival; and the Grand Jury Award at the Politics on Film Festival in Washington, D.C. Granito was the Opening Night Film at the 2011 Human Rights Watch International Film Festivals in both New York and London.