When the Mountains Tremble

Description

Framed through the narrative and experiences of Rigoberta Menchú, a young Maya woman of the K'iche' people, this film documents the decades of oppression and atrocities a government composed mostly of Spanish-descent Guatemalans committed against Guatemalan indigenous peoples—and the struggle of those indigenous peoples to free themselves from generations of military and economic oppression.

Themes

Guatemalan Civil War (1960 – 1996), República de Guatemala (1838 – present), Rigoberta Menchú (b. 1958), Oral history, Colonialism, Nationalism, Genocide, Public history, Primary Sources, Indigenous peoples, Social justice, Civil rights, Military juntas, Guerrilla warfare, Women's history, War crimes