When the Mountains Tremble

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When the Mountains Tremble
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Directed by Newton Thomas Sigel and Pamela Yates
Starring Rigoberta Menchú
Susan Sarandon
Music by Rubén Blades
Cinematography Newton Thomas Sigel
Edited by Peter Kinoy
Skylight Pictures
Running time 83 minutes

When The Mountains Tremble is 1983 documentary film produced by Skylight Pictures about the war between the Guatemalan Military and the Mayan Indian population of Guatemala. The film centers on the experiences of future Nobel Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, nine years after the film came out. When The Mountains Tremble won the Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, the Blue Ribbon Award at the American Film Festival, and the Grand Coral Award/Best North American Documentary at the Havana Film Festival.

In 2014, The filmmaker, Pamela Yates, said she would be re-editing the film to correct an error. A scene in documentary will be corrected to show that the Batzul massacre highlighted in the film was committed not by the military, but by leftist rebels disguised as soldiers. Human rights reports determined the killings were committed by the Guerrilla Army of the Poor in retaliation for the village's decision to collaborate with the government. Yates referenced a 1999 report published by the Commission for Historical Clarification.[1]

Funded by CBS, Skylight pictures produced two Guatemala based films prior to the making of When the Mountains Tremble. The first called Central America in Revolt and another hour episode of CBS reports called Guatemala.


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