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When Are Films Political? LALIFF film acquired by International Film Circuit

When Are Films Political? LALIFF film acquired by International Film Circuit

Skylight Pictures’ award-winning new film, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, will bow theatrically September 14 at New York City’s IFC Center via distributor International Film Circuit followed by a national rollout. It can be seen at LALIFF this Monday July 18 7:30 pm at the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Blvd.

Sometimes a film makes history; it doesn’t just document it. Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, is such a film – a story of dark deeds, a quest for justice, and ultimately the power of collective action. As a young filmmaker in 1982, director Pamela Yates ♀ went to Guatemala to make a documentary about a hidden war. That film, When the Mountains Tremble, featured a young Maya activist named Rigoberta Menchú ♀ who went to win the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2004 lawyers prosecuting an international genocide case asked Yates to comb through that historic film and its outtakes for possible evidence to be used against the same dictator, Ríos Montt, who spoke to her on camera 3 decades before. Suddenly the old footage took on a second life

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was Opening Night Film of the 2011 New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival. It won the Grand Prix for Best Creative Documentary at the Paris International Human Rights Film Festival and the Peace & Reconciliation Prize in Honor of Sergio Vieira de Mello at the 2011 Geneva International Human Rights Festival. The Skylight Pictures production, directed by Pamela Yates, produced by Paco de Onís, and edited by Peter Kinoy, is the third film in a projected quartet of films about transitional justice, following State of Fear and The Reckoning: the Battle for the International Criminal Court.

Producer Paco de Onís said “we chose International Film Circuit because of the company’s proven track record distributing human rights documentaries such as Enemies of the People and Academy-Award nominated Darwin’s Nightmare”.

Wendy Lidell, President of International Film Circuit, said of Granito that “it embodies the courage of documentary filmmakers everywhere who not only record history but in so doing contribute to moving history forward and in some cases, changing it.”

International Film Circuit’s recent releases include Robin Hessman’s My Perestroika and Joseph Dorman’s Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness, presently in theaters.

Downloadable art at:

International Film Circuit, inc.
244 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212-777-5690

Contact: Wendy Lidell, International Film Circuit, wlidell AT

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