Upon learning yesterday that Granito: How to Nail a Dictator did not make it onto the "short list" for the Oscar documentary nomination, we were crestfallen. But as the dogged San Francisco Public Defenders taught us after losing a case while we were filming Presumed Guilty back in 2000, "we live to fight another day". Yes, it would have been wonderful and it was our goal to be on the Oscar podium with 40 million viewers conveying the message of collective change that "Granito" embodies...but wait...what if we occupy the Oscars? OO? Other worthy social justice films out there on the circuit with us this year didn't make the "short list" either: The Interrupters, The Black Power Mixtape, Nostalgia for the Light, To Be Heard, Into The Abyss - what if we all show up with our tents at the Oscar ceremony on Feb 26? :-)
Seriously though, our social justice work neither began nor does it end with this indie Oscar run and it's all about hanging in there to fight another day, to gain terrain in the struggle for human rights and justice. The theatrical run that you all so generously backed has had big impact already, raising the profile and media coverage of Granito and putting it in front of thousands of viewers, generating great word-of-mouth, social/political buzz and guaranteeing a long life for the film in the years ahead. Now before us we have the Guatemala Premiere of Granito at the National Theater on March 1 (let us know if any of you would like to come join us there) and the national U.S. broadcast on the PBS P.O.V. series next summer.
On the outreach front we will be launching Granito: Every Memory Matters in February, a project designed to restore the collective memory of the Guatemalan genocide in a public online archive, through the contributions of stories from thousands of 'granitos' throughout Guatemala and the Guatemalan diaspora - learn more about it by clicking here.
So a heartfelt thanks to all of our backers, "granitos', and we hope you will stay with us on this journey for justice. We will keep in touch and send you updates. With utmost appreciation,
Paco, Pamela and Peter