In a stunning milestone for justice in Central America, a Guatemalan court recently charged former dictator Efraín Rios Montt with genocide for his brutal war against the country’s Mayan people in the 1980s — and Pamela Yates’ 1983 documentary, When the Mountains Tremble, provided key evidence for bringing the indictment.

POV’s 25th season of independent nonfiction on PBS continues with Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, a film that tells the extraordinary story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, became a granito — a tiny grain of sand — that helped tip the scales of justice.

Watch the documentary on PBS stations starting this Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10 PM. Check your local listings.

View the trailer for the documentary Granito: How to Nail a Dictator.
Premieres Thursday, June 28, 2012, on POV.

You can watch the film now (in English or Spanish), before it airs on PBS stations on PBS’s mobile apps for iPad or iPhone. Then watch the film online, for a limited time, starting Friday, June 29, 2012.

Whether you watch the film on your phone, on our website or on television, visit POV’s Granito companion site at for more interactive features — Watch the revelatory “prequel” documentary When the Mountains Tremble (in English or Spanish), gain insight into the documentary production process with an interview with the filmmaking team, learn more about Guatemala’s recent history and the Guatemalan genocide cases, download classroom and event resources, and experience the memories of Guatemalans through highlights from the Granito: Every Memory Matters project.

And, as always, we’re sharing your reactions to the program. Join the conversation on the Granito companion site, on Facebook or Twitter.

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.