500 which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, is set in the years between 2013 and 2016. It documents the trial of the former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt in 2013, who was tried and convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity, when it was found that there was significant evidence that linked him to the ordered killing of over 1,700 indigenous people. 500 years tells the story of this period and the citizens uprising that began when Montt’s conviction was overturned.
This film documents the historic struggles the indigenous people have faced for the past half a century as their natural resources and land have been plundered and stolen from them. 500 years is inspiring and is a shining example of how people power can affect meaningful change, but it also offers and much needed and honest look at the issues facing indigenous communities such as land justice struggles, racism and political corruption.
The film is screening in LA this coming weekend from July 28th – August 3rd 2017, to see a full list of screenings and showtime info click HERE