‘The Good Christian’ Looks At The Mayan Genocide Under Guatemala’s Ex-Dictator Ríos Montt
Upcoming documentary El Buen Cristiano (The Good Christian) highlights the religious hypocrisies committed by Guatemala’s ex-dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, who is said to be responsible for the deaths of at least 1,771 Mayan Indians killed by the army between 1982 and 1983.
Ríos Montt was found guilty of genocide in 2013 with an 80-year sentence at the age of 86. The sentence, however, was overturned after arguing Ríos Montt was mentally incompetent. The argument was supported by government-backed experts. On the last day of trial, Ríos Montt claimed that he never made any orders to assassinate Indigenous communities, alleging the murders were committed by local commanders.
The Izabel Acevedo-directed doc is co-produced by Ximena Urrutia and highlights one of the country’s biggest injustices ever. Peep the official trailer: