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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Ottawa Premier of documentary 'Haunted Land', April 3
HAUNTED LAND, a documentary by Mary Ellen Davis.
Montreal documentary filmmaker Mary Ellen Davis returned with Mateo Pablo to
his homeland of Guatemala to witness the exhumation of the graves of his
family and neighbours murdered by the army in 1982.
Join Mary Ellen Davis and Mateo Pablo for the Ottawa Premier, Wednesday,
April 3rd at 7:00 PM in the National Archives Auditorium, 395 Wellington
Street. Tickets are $5. Multilingual with English subtitles
Two paths cross on a descent into Guatemala's past: that of Mateo Pablo,
a Maya survivor of one of many massacres committed by local government
troops, and Daniel Hernández-Salazar, a concerned Guatemalan artist and
photographer. Together they travel to a remote site in the highlands
where the community of Petanac once stood. The bones found there by
archaeologists tell a mute story of agony.
"The Haunted Land" was filmed in Guatemala during the exhumations of the
victims of the Petanac massacre, an atrocity committed by the Guatemalan
army on July 14, 1982. More than 200,000 people were killed or
disappeared in Guatemala from 1960 to 1996. The vast majority of the
victims were Mayas, and of the 669 massacres documented during this
period, 626 have been blamed on the Guatemalan government, which was
supported by the American government. Those responsible for these crimes
against humanity have never been brought to justice and some are still
in power. General Rios Montt, who was head of state during the massacre
of Petanac, is today head of the Guatemalan Congress. This documentary
belongs to a current of activism against impunity in Guatemala and
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