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Granito is a story of destinies joined by Guatemala's past, and how a documentary film intertwined with a nation's turbulent history emerges as an active player in the present. In Granito our characters sift for clues buried in archives of mind and place and historical memory, seeking to uncover a narrative that could unlock the past and settle matters of life and death in the present. Each of the five main characters whose destinies collide in Granito are connected by the Guatemala of 1982, then engulfed in a war where a genocidal scorched earth campaign by the military exterminated… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie is erratically paced, often static and dry, and occasionally dull. But the subject matter keeps you intrigued - barely."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Granito becomes both a humanitarian legal thriller and a quest to find justice through cinema."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"A well-meaning but inelegant bore."
‑ Brent Simon,
"Part courtroom drama, part political thriller and part war movie, Granito: How to Nail A Dictator is one of the most compelling. gripping and inspiring documentaries of the year to date."
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"There's a naggingly studied tone to the whole enterprise that makes it feel like history class rather than a complex, urgent reckoning."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
""Granito" is less rough-edged than its guerrilla-film predecessor, but it shares a spirit of simplistic revolutionary solidarity."
‑ Paul Brunick, New York Times
"Sloppiness doesn't suit Granito, which should be concise, complicated, and elegant."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"...delves into the case being built in a Madrid court against two generals charged with perpetrating a genocidal campaign against the Mayan people of Guatemala."
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"There are only so many times you can watch a camera panning and zooming over still photos before your tolerance for the Ken Burns effect reaches its limit."
‑ Nick Schager, Time Out New York
"As well-intended as it is artless."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"A meditative look back at the mass murder of Mayan Indians in Guatemala and the role of the progressive film-maker. Not agit-prop at all despite what mainstream reviewers here say."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"The film is at its best in its footage of those who are picking up the fight that their parents began against Montt, these 'granito' - or grains of sand - who hope that by coming together they can make a difference."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
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