In December 1982, at the height of Guatemala's long and bloody civil war (1960–1996) and only two days after President Ronald Reagan publicly defended the US-backed military regime of General Efraín Ríos Montt, all the people in the village of Dos Erres disappeared. A population of some 40 farming families, they were among tens of thousands of indigenous Mayan Guatemalans disproportionately targeted as rebel sympathizers during Ríos Montt’s short but brutal reign. Drawing powerfully on experts, eyewitnesses, and archival materials, director Ryan Suffern’s gripping account of the massacre dovetails with the subsequent investigation into the enormous population of disappeared persons by a determined group of bereaved family members and under-resourced government attorneys. The trail back to Dos Erres and the truth includes two small boys taken by soldiers and spared the massacre. One, who later fled to the US, may prove crucial to the case—if he can be located.
Guests in attendance 10/9 & 10/13: Ryan Suffern (director), Frank Marshall (producer, 10/9 only), Alex Bowen, (researcher /director’s assistant, 10/9 only)
Thanks to our Community Partner The Center for Justice and Accountability and the Latino Council and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin