Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
2008 Jessup International Moot Court World Championship Team.

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GRANITO: How to Nail a Dictator - Frederick K. Cox International Law Center and the International Law Student Association co-host an International Human Rights Law Movie Night

Monday, November 5, 2012
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Room A57

Movie screening followed by a panel discussion with the film's producer, Paco de Onis and its director, Pamela Yates moderated by Professor Michael P. Scharf Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center.

GRANITO: How to Nail a Dictator

GRANITO is a story of destinies joined by Guatemala's past, and how a documentary film intertwined with a nation's turbulent history emerges as an active player in the present. In GRANITO our characters sift for clues buried in archives of mind and place and historical memory, seeking to uncover a narrative that could unlock the past and settle matters of life and death in the present. Each of the five main characters whose destinies collide in GRANITO are connected by the Guatemala of 1982, then engulfed in a war where a genocidal "scorched earth" campaign by the military exterminated nearly 200,000 Maya people. Now, as if a watchful Maya god were weaving back together threads of a story unraveled by the passage of time, forgotten by most, our characters become integral to the overarching narrative of wrongs done and justice sought that they have pieced together, each adding their granito, their tiny grain of sand, to the epic tale.

Paco de Onis
Paco de Onís grew up in several Latin American countries and is multi-lingual (Spanish, Portuguese, English, Italian and French). His most recent production is a film and educational media project about the International Criminal Court titled The Reckoning. Prior to the ICC project, he produced State of Fear, a Skylight Pictures film about Peru's 20-year "war on terror" based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

De Onís has produced documentaries for PBS (On Our Own Terms with Bill Moyers), National Geographic (Secrets from the Grave), New York Times Television (Police Force, Paramedics) and MSNBC (Edgewise with John Hockenberry). He has also been a news producer for two Internet companies, The FeedRoom, a broadband news delivery site, and, a website focused on Latin American affairs. Previous to producing television documentaries and news reports for internet media sites, he created music festivals in South America and the Caribbean, renovated and operated an arts/performance theater in Miami Beach (The Cameo Theater) and owned and operated a Spanish-style tapas tavern in a 500-year old colonial house in Cartagena, Colombia.

Pamela Yates
Pamela Yates is the recipient of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the director of the Sundance Award-winning When the Mountains Tremble, the producer of the Emmy Award-winning Loss of Innocenceand the executive producer of the Academy Award-winning Witness to War.

Previously, Yates directed State of Fear (2005), a feature length documentary that tells the epic story of Peru's 20-year "war on terror" based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Before that, she directed Presumed Guilty, a two-hour primetime PBS special about the ethical and moral dilemmas faced by the San Francisco public defenders in their quest for justice. She produced, directed and co-wrote Cause for Murder, which was commissioned by the PBS international series Wide Angle (2002). The film explores the cost of political bravery in the lives and deaths of two young Mexican lawyers, Digna Ochoa and Marigeli Tamés. In 2000 she produced and directed Brotherhood of Hate, a study of violent white supremacy, broadcast on the Showtime Networks. Brotherhood of Hate and Cause for Murder were both co-productions with The New York Times.

Yates is a co-founder of Skylight Pictures, Inc., a New York City based multimedia company committed to producing artistic, challenging and socially relevant independent documentary films on issues of human rights and the quest for justice. Through the use of film and digital technologies, the Skylight Pictures team seeks to engage, educate and increase understanding of human rights amongst the public at large and policy makers, contributing to informed decisions on issues of social change and the public good.

The Cox Center awards up to 35 grants every summer to support international law internships around the globe.