A documentary with a dramatic framework, made by a team which provides CBS News coverage of Guatemala, this tells the story of 30 years of US-initiated and backed military dictatorships in that country, through the family saga of Rigoberta Menchú, the Indian peasant woman narrator, whose father and brother were both burned alive by security forces. Made with the cooperation of both government and guerrillas, it is perhaps strongest in presenting attitudes: from the brutal, no-nonsense frankness of the military, through the even more repulsive blinkered stupidity of Americans, to the desperation of the poor and the optimism of the guerillas. With El Salvador: Another Vietnam and John Pilger's Nicaragua documentary, this helps to complete the picture of a region to which America, not Russia, is exporting revolution.
Cast and crew
Pamela Yates, Thomas Sigel