Excellent Documentary on Today's Legacy of Guatemalan War
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“Voice of a Mountain,” an excellent and very poignant documentary on today’s legacy of the 36-year war in Guatemala, will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Church, 2146 E. Johnson St., Madison, near Madison East High School.
The film documents the lives of rural Guatemalan coffee farmers who took up arms against their government in a civil war that began with a CIA coup instigated by the United Fruit Company, which opposed land reforms that returned lands stolen from the Mayan people. The documentary explores Guatemala’s dark history from the perspective of those who saw armed revolution as their only hope for change in a nation suppressed by years of poverty, dictatorship and the massive genocide of indigenous people by the Guatemalan government, following the CIA coup of a democratically elected government, which led to massive immigration to Mexico and the U.S. in the 1980s.
A discussion will follow the showing of the film. Admission is free, but a small donation will be requested to help support children’s education in Santa Anita, Guatemala, where “Voice of a Mountain” was filmed.