Joey Boink / Netherlands, Guatemala, Spain / 2014 / 76 mins / English, Spanish with English subtitles / Documentary
“You must do it because the victims deserve justice. You must do it because the country deserves justice. You must do it because it has to be done.” – Attorney General Claudia Paz Y Paz.
Burden of Peace is a fascinating portrait of Guatemala’s first female Attorney-General, Claudia Paz y Paz, and her campaign to reduce incidences of crime and impunity following decades of civil war. During the military dictatorship, an estimated 200,000 Guatemalans – mostly Indigenous Mayans – were murdered. Filmmaker Joey Boink delivers intimate access to the term of Paz y Paz in office and shines a light on the softly-spoken woman who brought former head of state, Efraín Rios Montt, to prosecution for genocide.
This film uniquely reveals the warmth and humanity of a woman who challenged a thoroughly corrupted justice system and government.
This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 18 years.
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AWARDS & APPEARANCES
Winner: Young Europeans Jury Prize – FIPA, Biarritz
Winner: Audience Award – Mittelamerikanisches Filmfestival, Vienna
Winner: Best Human Rights Documentary – Festival des Libertes, Brussels
Human Rights Watch 2015
POST FILM Q&A
With director Joey Boink via Skype. Moderated by Erik Jensen.