Granito/ How To Nail A Dictator

Saturday, Sept. 22 @ 2:00pm
Harn Museum of Art – Chandler Auditorium

USA/Guatemala, 2011 (103 min)
English/spanish/quiché W/ English Subtitles: Rated NR with Violent Content
Director: Pamela Yates
Introduction by: Dr. Allan Burns
Sponsored by: Latina Women’s League, Skylight Pictures and Visit Gainesville

Sometimes a film makes history; it doesn’t just document it. So it is with Granito: How to Nail a Dictator”, the astonishing new film by Pamela Yates. Part political thriller, part memoir, Yates 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.

As if a watchful Maya god were weaving back together threads of a story unraveled by the passage of time, forgotten by most, our characters become integral to the overarching narrative of wrongs done and justice sought that they have pieced together, each adding their granito, their tiny grain of sand, to the epic tale.


Festival Guest Speaker/ Allan Bunrs

Dr. Allan Burns, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, has focused on the history and contemporary lives of Maya people in Mexico and Guatemala throughout his career. Among his publications are Maya in Exile: Guatemalans in Florida, a book about Maya refugees from the Guatemalan Civil war who settled in Florida, An Epoch of Miracles: Oral Literature of the Yucatec Maya, two PBS documentaries on Guatemalan Mayas living in Florida (Maya in Exile, and Maya Fiesta), and many other scholarly and popular publications. Burns speaks Mayan and Spanish, and as a result of his knowledge of the language and culture, he is a federal witness in civil and criminal cases involving immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala. He is also on the US Board of the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala, and a member of the board of the Guatemala Tomorrow fund. Burns is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Florida, where he also served as Department Chair of Anthropology and Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.