Weekend Pass: Cincinnati Guatemalan Film Fest
Cincinnati Guatemalan Film Festival
July 6th, 2019
1:30pm: runtime 1hr 46 min
Tells the epic story that led Guatemala to a tipping point in their history from the genocide trial of former dictator General Rios Montt to the popular movement that toppled sitting President Otto Perez Molina. Focusing on universal themes of justice, racism, power and corruption, 500 YEARS tells the story from the perspective of the majority indigenous Mayan population, and their struggles in their country’s growing fight against impunity.
This is the third chapter of the trilogy of documentaries on Guatemala, led by Pamela Yates, and follows the films When the Mountains Tremble (1983) and Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2011). The documentary film had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Voice of A Mountain
3:30pm: runtime 1:40min
Focuses on a Guatemalan farm community, Santa Anita, consisting of ex-combatants who now harvest organic coffee. Members of the community share their story, from decades of fighting in a civil war to the new challenges of peacefully harvesting coffee and bananas. Members of the community reveal the circumstances that led them to fight against their government and what they hoped the war would accomplish. The importance of selling coffee on the fair-trade market and migration are also discussed in the film.
It Is What It Is
A mild, satirical short film combatting the male gaze by interrupting visual thoughts and actions that could be categorized as sexual versus sensual by today’s society.
An autobiographical performance in which the artist eat sardines with the purpose of reliving childhood memories while growing up in Guatemala City.
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