The Robert H. Jackson Center will host Skylight Pictures for a unique "sneak preview" of material for their new film, "500 Years" on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Chautauqua Cinema. The screening will be enhanced with an informative presentation by filmmaker Peter Kinoy and Skylight Educational Director Flannery Miller. Filmgoers will also have the opportunity to participate in a discussion with the filmmakers after the screening.
Five months ago in Guatemala, for the first time in history, a former national leader was brought up on charges of genocide in a national court of law, in the country where the crimes took place.
It was also the first time anyone had been tried for the genocide of indigenous peoples anywhere in the Americas.
The Robert H. Jackson Center will host a special sneak preview of “500 Years,” a new film by Skylight Pictures, on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Chautauqua Cinema.
The forthcoming film, "500 Years," opens the doors of the courtroom to the rest of the world, to explore how this trial came to be, what it represents for Guatemala, and its ramifications in the development of international law.
This historic genocide trial brought together devastating eyewitness testimony from Maya Ixiles, along with expert testimony from a range of disciplines including forensic anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, and military experts. Skylight filmed the Guatemalan genocide trial of ex-President Efrain Rios Montt from gavel to gavel capturing the high stakes drama of a reckoning with heinous crimes, an unveiling of impunity, and a nation's attempt to reconcile with the past.
Skylight's previous film about Guatemala, "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator," (shown at Chautauqua Cinema last year), is currently nominated for an Emmy for Best Investigative Documentary.
Footage from their first film, "When the Mountains Tremble" was used heavily by the prosecution in presenting the case of genocide against Montt.
Kinoy has made award-winning human rights documentaries, including "When the Mountains Tremble," for over three decades. Miller has extensive experience in "participatory filmmaking" and coordinating educational outreach with Skylight films.
The Robert H. Jackson Center's mission is to advance the legacy of Robert H. Jackson-U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Chief U.S. Prosecutor of the major Nazi war criminals following World War II at the International Military Tribunal trial at Nuremberg-through education and exhibits, and by pursuing the relevance of his ideas for future generations.
The center is located at 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown.
Tours are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday or by appointment.
For more information, or to schedule a tour of the Center outside of regular business hours, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Robert H. Jackson Center at 483-6646.