The Long Struggle for Justice in Guatemala
Elena Hermosa travelled to Guatemala on behalf of Trócaire to document the landmark trial of former dictator General José Efraín Ríos Montt and his former chief of Military Intelligence, Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity.
Guatemala was the scene of one of the most violent armed conflicts in Latin America between 1960 and 1996. It is estimated that 200,000 people were murdered, 45,000 people disappeared and over one million people were displaced.
This documentary tells the story of the Maya Ixil ethnic community’s fight to bring Ríos Montt to justice. 1,771 Ixil Mayan’s were reportedly murdered under Ríos Montt’s regime, amounting to 33% of their total population.
Country of Origin: Guatemala
Keywords: Guatemala, justice, legal aid, legal campaigning, trial, RÃos Montt, Latin America
Target Audience: 12-15 Years 16+ years
Curriculum Subjects: Civic Social and Political Education
Available Formats: Documentary From the Developing World Video Clip
Published in 2013.
Directed and Produced by Elena Hermosa.
Edited by Elena Hermosa and Roderico Y. Diaz.
Translated by José Antonio Gutiérrez