500 Years (2017)


Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

500 Years

Part of the ScreenPeace Film Festival 2018


Directed by Pamela Yates


500 YEARS tells the epic story that led Guatemala to a tipping point in their history, from the genocide trial of General Rios Montt to the popular movement that toppled President Otto Perez Molina. While indigenous peoples of Guatemala are no stranger to oppression, the recent events that took place over a tumultuous three-year span, change finally seems possible when their movement is met with popular society’s outcry to end corruption.


As witness to this heroic moment in Guatemalan history, 500 YEARS documents the beginning of the end of an unaccountable rule of law, and a society ready for change. Focusing on universal themes of justice, racism, power and corruption, 500 YEARS tells the story from the perspective of the majority indigenous Mayan population, and their struggles in the country’s growing democracy.


Introduction by Sean O'Brien, Assistant Director, Center for Civil and Human Rights and Concurrent Assistant Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame


All films are free, but require tickets. To order tickets, call the DeBartolo Center ticket office at 574-631-2800 or purchase them online at www.performingarts.nd.edu.


The ScreenPeace Film Festival is presented in partnership with the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame.


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