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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 14, 2011

(MAHWAH, NJ)  – Director Pamela Yates and Producer Paco de Onís will screen and lead a discussion of their film “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator,” at Ramapo College of New Jersey on November 7 from3:45 to 5:15 p.m. in the H-Wing Auditorium.

This film is part political thriller and part memoir. It transports viewers back in time through a haunting tale of genocide in Guatemala and returns to the present with a cast of characters joined by the quest to bring a dictator to justice.

The film was an official selection included in the Premiere Documentary Section of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Yates is a co-founder of Skylight Pictures, the New York City-based production company.  Four of her films were nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and one film won the award in 1984.

Her film, “State of Fear: The Truth about Terrorism,” a film about Peru’s 20-year “war on terror” based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, won the 2006 Overseas Press Club Award for “Best Reporting in Any Medium on Latin America.  Her film, “The Reckoning,” released in 2009, is about the work of the International Criminal Court. Yates also received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on “Granito.”

De Onís grew up in several Latin American countries.  Prior to “Granito,” his most recent production was “The Reckoning” and he previously produced “State of Fear.”  He has also produced documentaries for PBS (“On Our Own Terms” with Bill Moyers), National Geographic (“Secrets from the Grave”), New York Times Television (“Police Force,” “Paramedics”), and MSNBC (“Edgewise” with John Hockenberry).

The screening and presentation are free and open to the public.  For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 201.684.7409.

For media inquiries, contact Anna Farneski, assistant vice president, Marketing and Communications, 201.684.6844.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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