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  • Summary: Sometimes a film makes history; it doesn’t just document it. So it is with Granito: How to Nail a Dictator”, the astonishing new film by Pamela Yates. Part political thriller, part memoir, Yates transports us back in time through a riveting, haunting tale of genocide and returns to the present with a cast of characters joined by destiny and the quest to bring a malevolent dictator to justice. (Skylight Pictures) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Sep 13, 2011
    70
    Granito becomes both a humanitarian legal thriller and a quest to find justice through cinema.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Sep 12, 2011
    50
    The film tracks the history of the country, but viewers may feel the documentarian inserts herself too much into the story.
  3. Reviewed by: Paul Brunick
    Sep 13, 2011
    50
    Ms. Yates's moral convictions and agitprop idealizations come far too easily. Granito is less rough-edged than its guerrilla-film predecessor, but it shares a spirit of simplistic revolutionary solidarity.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 13, 2011
    40
    The repeated sight of people watching video monitors or communicating with others via laptops becomes a stilted, gimmicky affectation, and there are only so many times you can watch a camera panning and zooming over still photos before your tolerance for the Ken Burns effect reaches its limit.
  5. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Sep 14, 2011
    38
    The key to good, or at least effective, agitprop (and Oliver Stone and Michael Moore know this) is that, yes, it must simplify matters, but it necessitates canny presentation so that it may truly get into viewers' blood streams and rile them.
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