“There is joy in dreaming about a new country, a country where we indigenous people, with our culture, our language, our spirituality, our worldview, can exist as part of this country.” – Daniel Pascual, Peasant Leader
500 Years is the story of Mayan resistance in Guatemala — to threaten the powerful and empower the dispossessed, from the first trial in the history of the Americas to prosecute the genocide of indigenous people in 2013 to a citizen’s uprising that threatens to topple a corrupt government.
The film exposes a world of brutality, entrenched racism and impunity, that challenges the historical narrative of Guatemala. Driven by universal themes of justice, power and corruption, the film provides a platform for the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to reimagine their society.
500 Years is the third chapter of the trilogy of documentaries on Guatemala by Pamela Yates including When the Mountains Tremble and How to Nail a Dictator. The trilogy, named ‘The Resistance Saga’, will be screening as a one-off immersive cinematic event at DocHouse on Sunday 12 March. For more information on the DocHouse screenings of the trilogy please visit www.dochouse.org