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500 Years (2017)



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From a historic genocide trial to the overthrow of a president, "500 Years" tells a sweeping story of mounting resistance played out in Guatemala's recent history, through the actions and perspectives of the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to reimagine their society. 500 YEARS tells the epic story that led Guatemala to a tipping point in their history, from the genocide trial of General Rios Montt to the popular movement that toppled President Otto Perez Molina. While indigenous peoples of Guatemala are no stranger to oppression, the recent events that took place over a tumultuous three-year span, change finally seems possible when their movement is met with popular society's outcry to end corruption. As witness to this heroic moment in Guatemalan history, 500 YEARS documents the beginning of the end of an unaccountable rule of law, and a society ready for change. 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 the country's growing democracy. 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 is set to premiere in early 2017.

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Critic Reviews for 500 Years

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (5)

"500 Years" is a palpably passionate if somewhat less contained effort than the two films preceding it.

July 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Messy, rich with feeling, liberated from simple theatrical structures, always honest about what is possible.

July 17, 2017 | Full Review…

You may find yourself championing its subjects even while feeling confounded by the omission of details by its filmmaker.

July 11, 2017 | Full Review…

[Yates] returned to fill in those missing years of genocide, corruption and disappearances.

June 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Easier to understand on an emotional level than as a carefully analyzed part of recent history, though the latter might have been a near-impossible task in a film under two hours in length.

February 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Valuable and frequently moving overview...of cross-cultural coalitions...clear and accessible in presenting struggles and points of view of Guatemala's indigenous peoples.

July 29, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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