When The Mountains Tremble

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Released 2004

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Director:
Newton Thomas Sigel
Released:
2004
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The film that shook audiences and critics alike upon its original theatrical release, this revoutionary tour-de-force and Sundance Film Festival winner is now available for the first time on DVD. Digitally remastered to commemorate its 20th Anniversary, this special edition chronicles the astonishing story of one woman who stood up for her people and helped wage a rebellion in the wake of seemingly unconquerable oppression.Shot at the height of a heated battle between the heavily-armed Guatemalan Military and a nearly defenseless Mayan population, filmmakers Pamela Yates and Newton Thomas Sigel threw themselves into the center of a storm to capture live combat footage with a surprisingly robust passion and exhilarating flair. As the first film to depict this previously unreported war, it is firmly anchored by the firsthand accounds of Rigoberta Menchu, a Quiche Indian woman known around the world for her humanitarian efforts. Throughout the imminent chaos and danger, Menchu provides courage and optimism in a time where death squads kill without conscience and an oppressive dictator seizes power. Updated after Menchu was awarded the Nobel Peach Price, WHEN THE MOUNTAINS TREMBLE includes a compelling filmmaker commentary as well as a never-before-seen introduction from Susan Sarandon and an illuminating epilogue reflecting on the country's events a decade later.moreless
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