Last Thursday, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator premiered on PBS. The documentary tells the extraordinary story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, helped tip the scales of justice in Guatemala.

Viewers of Granito have told us they were profoundly moved by the film. Below, read some of their comments, compiled from Facebook, Twitter, and the Granito film companion site:

Thanks. Gracias. Excellent documentary. It’s also great to see the delicate focus you offered showing the evolution of Guatemalan history (and the insight of the filmmakers) from “When the Mountains Tremble” up to current days.

Thanks Pamela for a great film. I have visited Guate 7 times so far, and I love the people there, especially the Mayans. If you go to Antigua, you will see all the rich valley land used to grow coffee, and the indehenos doing their best to grow food on the steep hillsides. Saw one farmer who had to tie a rope to a tree on top of the hill to work the soil. But they are some of the happiest people I’ve ever met, even though many have next to nothing…

I was deeply moved by this extraordinary film. As a documentary filmmaker myself I appreciated the passion and commitment to justice, the skill, and the insight into the craft itself. A rare achievement.

[Granito] was powerful and chilling. Beautifully shot and directed.
Happy Traum (via Facebook)

Stunning, eye opening, hopeful for the future…
Jeff Osmanson (via Facebook)

Absolutely important viewing for everyone.
Gabriel Estrada (via Facebook)

Just watched it online. This is going into my to own list!
Anne Carter (via Facebook)

Everyone should watch this documentary on PBS: Absolutely amazing.
@sasafred (via Twitter)

If you haven’t seen it yet, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator is streaming free online in English and in Spanish, but only for a limited time.

After you’ve watched the film, join the conversation at, on Twitter @povdocs, or on Facebook, and let us know what you think.

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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.