POV: 500 Years

About This Episode

The epic trilogy "The Resistance Saga," which began with When the Mountains Tremble (1983) and Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2011), sees its third and final installment in Pamela Yates's 500 Years. From a historic genocide trial to the ousting of a president, mounting resistance played out in Guatemala's recent history, through the actions the documentary tells a sweeping story of and perspectives of the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to re-imagine their society.

The Mayans lead Guatemala to a historical tipping point, from the genocide trial of former dictator General Rios Montt to the citizens' uprising that toppled President Otto Pérez Molina. While indigenous peoples of Guatemala are no strangers to oppression, change finally seems possible with these recent popular movements. As witness to this heroic moment in Guatemalan history, the film documents the beginning of the end of a culture of impunity and a society ready for change. Focusing on universal themes of justice, racism, power and corruption, 500 Years resonates throughout the Americas, from Canada to Tierra del Fuego.