Documentary explores uprising, justice
PBS will broadcast the national premiere of Granito: How to Nail a Dictator by Peter Kinoy, Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis on the POV series at 10 p.m. June 28.
The documentary tells the story of the events leading up to the stunning milestone for justice in Central America, when a Guatemalan court recently charged former dictator Efrain Rios Montt with genocide for his brutal war against the country’s Mayan people in the 1980s.
The full film and its prequel, When the Mountains Tremble, will also stream online — in English and Spanish — June 29 through July 28. When the Mountains Tremble provided key evidence for bringing the indictment against Montt.
The website, www.pbs.org/pov, includes a discussion guide and other viewing resources, plus video interviews and a live question-and-answer session with the filmmakers after the broadcast.
Documentary explores religious road not taken
PBS will broadcast the national premiere of My Reincarnation, a documentary about a Tibetan man’s risky refusal of religious privilege, at 10 p.m. Thursday on the POV series.
Documentarian Jennifer Fox chronicles the epic story of exiled Tibetan Buddhist master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and his Western-born son, Yeshi, for 20 years. As Namkai Norbu rises as a teacher in the West, Yeshi, recognized from birth as the reincarnation of a famed Buddhist master, breaks away to embrace the modern world.
The documentary will stream on www.pbs.org/pov from Friday to Sept. 20.