Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


"Dictator in the Dock" Film Screening

"Dictator in the Dock" Film Screening

Join filmmaker Pamela Yates and Producer Paco de Onis for a screening and discussion of their documentary, "Dictator in the Dock: Genocide on Trial in Guatemala."

The Dictator in the Dock brings viewers into the courtroom as former dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt stands trial for genocide and crimes against humanity in Guatemala. This historic case marked the first time, anywhere in the world, that a former head of state was tried for genocide in a national court, in the country where the crimes were committed.

It is also the first time in the history of South or North America, that the genocide of indigenous peoples was tried in a court of law, significantly in a country of the Americas with a majority indigenous population. As Francisco Soto, legal representative of the Maya victims, said in his concluding statement at the trial, “Justice is poised to play an important role in the historical memory of our country. For the first time in 500 years we are able to judge genocide.” The symbolic and precedent setting nature of this trial for all indigenous peoples and all national justice systems cannot be overestimated.

Two screenings will be held on Tuesday, April 17th.  The first will take place at the Lake Shore Campus at 11:30 a.m. at the Damen Student Center, MPR South, and the second will be held at the Water Tower Campus at 2:30 p.m. at the Corboy Law Center room 206.