Footage date-stamped 16 December 1997 shot during the political campaign of Álvaro Arzú, the President of Guatemala. Arzú and others speak to a large crowd
in the district of Rabinal. He talks about the need to recover from the violence, the need for education and infrastructure in Rabinal. Footage with no date-stamp shows a procession and church
ceremony for many people killed in the massacre in Plan de Sánchez, in which an estimated 268 inhabitants were killed by Guatemalan armed forces in 1982.
The bones of the dead, which have been exhumed, are placed into small, painted coffins in an office. Various shots of survivors and coffins in office. EXT
shot of sign on building "Fiscalia Distrital Ministerio Publico." The small coffins are loaded into a car parked outside the building. Various shots of a procession to church - women walk
carrying coffins on heads, and many hold banners. People stand on the steps of the church holding banners. One banner reads "Estos son los restos de la ninos, mujeres, hombres masacrados en
Agua Fria, el 13 de Septiembre de 1982" and another, "Exigimos juicio y castigo de los expatrolleros asesimos de Xococ."
Shots from a funeral service with candles inside a church. People are kneeling and praying over the coffins surrounded by lit candles. This footage is
Footage date-stamped 13 January 1998 shows a procession to burial site and a burial ceremony. ELS and LS of families walking up a hill, the men carrying
small coffins. The people enter a small building with a grave site dug in front. Inside the building, people kneel in front of coffins as someone reads a prayer. Some people cry. CU skull in
open casket. Outside, people observe as the coffins lowered into a grave.
Footage date-stamped 17 January 1998 shows a wedding in Rabinal. The footage is dark. The couple, priest, and guests take part in the ceremony in the
church and later at a reception party.
[Presidential campaign of Arzú / Burial of bones of dead from the 1982 massacre in Plan de Sánchez / Marriage ceremony in Rabinal]
Footage of various events, including a presidential campaign rally, a reinterment ceremony, and a marriage ceremony.
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[Entierro de cuatro osamentos de Plan de Sanchez]
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1997/12/16 - 1998/01/17
armed conflict and persecution--genocide
armed conflict and persecution--mass killings
economic, social, and cultural rights--social and cultural rights--indigenous populations
advocacy, activism, and responses to persecution--memorials and commemoration events
Maya Achi People
North America--Guatemala--Departamento de Baja Verapaz--Municipio de Rabinal
North America--Guatemala--Departamento de Baja Verapaz--Río Negro
North America--Guatemala--Departamento de Baja Verapaz--Plan de Sánchez
North America--Guatemala--Departamento de Zacapa--Agua Fría
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