When the Mountains Tremble filmed in 1982 at the height of the Guatemalan Army’s repression against the Mayan indigenous people, has become a classic political documentary. It describes the struggle of the largely Indian peasantry against a heritage of state and foreign oppression. Centered on the experiences of Rigoberta Menchú, who later became a Nobel Peace laureate, the overall effect of the film is exhilarating. With clarity and energy it conveys the birth of a national and political awareness.
- Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Hails Genocide Conviction of Ex-Guatemalan Dictator Ríos Montt (democracynow.org)
- Guatemala Breaks its Bloody Chains (civilrightskiosk.com)
- Prison for ex-dictator soothes Guatemala (news.yahoo.com)
- Guatemala: “An attempt to decimate the future,” Ixil testimony at genocide trial (boingboing.net)