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Guatemala

A Massacre Remembered.

Tells the story of Jesus Tecu Osorio, one of the few survivors of the Rio Negro Massacre that took place in Guatemala on March 13, 1982. After witnessing the massacre of more than one hundred children and nearly eighty women by members of the Guatemalan army and civil patrols, Jesus and seventeen other children were taken to work as servants in the houses of the patrollers who killed their families. Jesus lived in captivity for three years until freed by his only surviving sister. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses.

A Right to Justice.

Follows the struggle of the indigenous Maya Achi people of Guatemala to learn the truth of the Rio Negro genocide that took place on March 13, 1982. Includes footage of the recent trial of a few of the perpetrators and details recent efforts to document the atrocities and to secure justice through the prosecution of those responsible. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. Dist.:Witness Project. 2001. 10 min.

Bitter Memories (Amargos Recuerdos)

Filmed during the exhumation, in northern Huehuetenango, of Guatemalans massacred by the military in 1982, this videotape features interviews with survivors and family members of those killed, as well as Mayan ceremonies in honor of the dead. The exhumations were carried out in order to obtain information about the massacres and help in determining compensation for their victims. Dirigido y producido por Nefertiti Kelley Farias, Carlos Miguel Bazua Morales. (SF International Latino Film Festival Collection). 2000. 30 min.

Danger: Children at Work. (Life, Part 31)

art of a series examining the issue of glabalization and its effect on ordinary people around the world. This segment looks at the production of fireworks by poor families and their children in Guatemala. Since the land is poor, many have turned from agriculture to producing fireworks at home. The practice has become the major source of income for 80% of local people, with no safety controls and frequent accidents. 27 min.
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Devils Don't Dream!

In 1944 Jacobo Arbenz led the successful revolt against the military dictatorship in Guatemala, thus ending the time of dictatorship which had held the country in its grip since colonial times. In 1950 Arbenz was elected President, a president who was not a member of any party, who didn't issue any manifestos. But he began to fulfill his election promises: farmers got their own land. Then in September 1954, Arbenz was betrayed by foreign powers and overthrown (by the CIA), was declared a traitor, and chased out of the country. A film by Andreas Hoessli. 1995. 90 min. ;

Discovering Dominga.

Denese Becker, born Dominga Sic Ruiz, is a survivor of the 1982 Rio Negro massacre in Guatemala. Nine years old at the time of the massacre, during which both of her parents were killed, Denese was adopted by an American family and raised in Iowa. As an adult she begins to confront her memories and nightmares, returning to Guatemala almost twenty years after the massacre and ultimately becoming an advocate for the victims and survivors at great personal cost. Produced and directed by Patricia Flynn c2002. 57 min.

Eviction

In 2005, the Guatemalan government granted a mining license for the area surrounding Lake Izabal to the Guatemalan Nickel Company, a subsidiary of Canada's Syke Resources, itself a product of INCO. On june 8 and 9, 2007, police and soldiers evicted the indigenous inhabitants of various communities and destroyed their homes. This documentary includes film coverage of the reading of the eviction notice by the public prosecutor and the subsequent eviction and burning of homes. A video by Steven Schnoor. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Forging Peace in Guatemala

Presents portraits of three Mayan women and their efforts on behalf of peace as a result of the 36-year civil war in Guatemala. Adela is a widow struggling to support her refugee family, Justina travels the countryside explaining the human rights movement, and Francesca, a Mayan priestess, reaffirms the cultural identity of her people. c1997. 53 min.

Free Trade Slaves

Film discusses free trade zones and the accompanying human problems that have arisen with human rights, exploitation of workers and environmental degradation. Filmed on location in Sri Lanka, El Salvador, Mexico and Morocco. In English and various languages with English voiceovers. c1999. 58 min.

Goodbye Baby

The number of adoptions from Guatemala to the US has risen dramatically in recent years, as has the controversy. What is seen as an act of love by adoptive parents is viewed with suspicion inside Guatemala. The film examines the ramifications that money, private lawyers, media coverage and women's rights have on the intercountry adoption process. Director Patricia Goudvis. Dist.: New Day Films. c2005. 26 min.

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