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Guatemala: When the Mountains Tremble (1999)





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This documentary on human rights abuses in Guatemala is narrated by Rigoberta Menchú, winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace prize for her courageous struggle against the military regime in her country. Menchú is a Native American and in this documentary, it is explained that three of her family members were killed during the long fight against the repressive government. One segment of the film shows the bodies left in the wake of a government massacre of civilians. Menchú maintains that as long as the U.S. continues to support the Guatemalan government with military or economic aid, the lives of civilians will continue to be the cost of that support. Two fictional segments in the film illustrate U.S. concerns about business and corporate interests, rather than with human rights.
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Critic Reviews for Guatemala: When the Mountains Tremble

All Critics (2) impressive example of a highly idealistic nonfiction film.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011

An edifying 1983 documentary about the yearning for freedom by the persecuted and downtrodden Mayan peasants of Guatemala.

Full Review… | June 8, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Guatemala: When the Mountains Tremble

Those who don't know much about Guatemalan history may find this film a bit hard to understand, but those who already have the required background knowledge will find a powerful and eye-opening (if at times a bit choppy and one-sided) window into mid-80's Guatemala.

Anthony Bencivengo
Anthony Bencivengo

Truly amazing!

Leo L
Leo L

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Very well made and significant, with some particularly striking documentary footage of combat between Mayans and the Guatemalan military. To me, the US involvement was the most interesting part for me, as we (Reagan) were actually funding the military to kill simple Mayan families. Good to see our tax dollars being used to exterminate villages with children.

Lester Yabut
Lester Yabut

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