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Jesus Tecu Osorio's Footage of Rabinal, Guatemala Edited Production Footage

Edited footage from the Jesus Tecu Osorio's Footage of Rabinal, Guatemala collection.

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A Massacre Remembered

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Guatemala's thirty-six year civil war claimed the lives of more than 200,000 citizens and displaced millions more, many of them Mayan civilians. During the war, the Guatemalan military killed, tortured, raped and butchered hundreds of thousands of people. This WITNESS Rights Alert feature tells the story of WITNESS partner Jesús Tecú Osorio, one of the few survivors of the Rio Negro Massacre that took place on March 13, 1982. After witnessing the massacre of more than one hundred children and nearly eighty women by members of the Guatemalan army and civil patrols, Jesús and seventeen other children were taken to work as servants in the houses of the patrollers who had killed their families. Jesus lived in captivity for three years until he was freed by his only surviving sister, Laura. This Rights Alert feature tells Jesus's story and informs viewers of the movement that he has spearheaded to acknowledge, commemorate, mourn and seek justice for the victims of this devastating tragedy. This piece is narrated by REM musician Michael Stipe, with music by Philip Glass. [RT 3:47]

 
A Right To Justice. English version

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A RIGHT TO JUSTICE, shot by Guatemalan human rights advocate Jesus Tecú Osorio, expands on the earlier Rights Alert "A Massacre Remembered". Following the struggle of the indigenous Maya Achi people of Guatemala to have the truth of the genocide there in the early 1980s revealed, it includes footage of the recent trial of a few of the perpetrators. Detailing recent efforts to document the atrocities, and to secure justice through the prosecution of the masterminds of the massacres, it also includes sequences illustrating the impunity with which some perpetrators still act. [RT 9:30]

 
Derecho a la Justicia.

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DERECHO A LA JUSTICIA [English title: A RIGHT TO JUSTICE], shot by Guatemalan human rights advocate, Jesús Tecú Osorio, expands on the earlier Rights Alert "A Massacre Remembered". Following the struggle of the indigenous Maya Achi people of Guatemala to have the truth of the genocide in the early 1980s revealed, it includes footage of the recent trial of a few of the perpetrators. Detailing efforts to document the atrocities, and to secure justice through the prosecution of the masterminds of the massacres, it also includes sequences illustrating the impunity with which some perpetrators still act. [RT 9:30]

 
Sr. Lucas Tecú y Mujeres Lideres de Familiares Desaparecidos.

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An edited video documenting a meeting between the Vice-Mayor of Rabinal Lucas Tecú and women leaders with missing relatives. The video, date-stamped 14 August 2002 throughout, shows Lucas Tecú standing and speaking to a room of women and some men. The women in the audience respond to Tecú and ask him questions. Tecú was the commandant of the military commissioners in the early 1980s, commanding 280 members. He says that he has no knowledge of the massacres, and blames those who have since died. He says that is was difficult to control the commissioners and that he never used a weapon. The first woman who speaks asks him where their family members are buried.