From a historic genocide trial to the overthrow of a president, 500 YEARS tells a sweeping story of recent mounting resistance played out in Guatemala, through the actions and perspectives of the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to re-imagine their society.
As the final installment of a trilogy of documentaries on Guatemala directed by Pamela Yates, 500 YEARS tells the epic story that led Guatemala to a tipping point in their history. 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.
500 YEARS documents the beginning of the end of an unaccountable rule of law, and a society ready for change. Serving as a witness to a heroic moment in Guatemalan history and 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.
Join One World Arts, the Nobel Women’s Initiative and MiningWatch Canada the for a one-night-only screening of 500 YEARS and a post-film Q&A with director Pamela Yates and Mayan activist Andrea Ixchíu at the 28th Annual One World Film Festival | OWFF 2017 on September 29 in #Ottawa. Please join, like and share our event for this special presentation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/118934322174218/
Doors open at 5:30PM. For more information, consult the Festival Schedule at: http://oneworldfilmfestival.ca/owff2017-schedule/
The 28th One World Film Festival runs from September 28th to October 1st and will take place at Saint Paul University (223 Main St., Ottawa).