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Pamela Yates on the Resistance Saga

Pamela Yates on the Resistance Saga


As of tonight, all three of
Pamela Yates’ films in this trilogy will have premiered
at the Sundance Film Festival, which is no small feat. “500 Years” is an epic story
of resistance. The Mayans of Guatemala
have been world leaders in the defense of
indigenous rights, and a model for the defense
of all human rights. I don’t see myself as part
of the film industry. I see myself as a human
rights defender, using film as my tool. I think that a powerful
emotional experience is a great catalyst for
social action. “500 Years” is going to be an integral part of what we call
“The Resistance Saga” — “When the Mountains
Tremble,” “Granito: How to Nail
a Dictator,” and now “500 Years.” We’re going to actually re-release
all three films together in an immersive cinematic event, so that people can come together
for an entire day, and see these films that
span 35 years, and be part of Mayan culture
from Guatemala. But also we’re gonna unite that
with resistance movements, so that it can empower and embolden
these resistance movements. For me this experience is incredible
because it’s the possibility to teach and to be near other
people that confront this same situation, this same
inequality. But, also, it’s the opportunity to get
together and think in another world. I think that’s one of the points
of what a video can do, what a documentary can do: open debate. And that can transform lives.
It transformed mine.

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