Witness - Guatemala’s Past Unearthed

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A 40-year search for his disappeared father leads an indigenous weaver into a world of forensic investigation. Synopsis: Carlos Poyon was just three years old when his father was kidnapped and disappeared. Forty years later, the traditional weaver studies anthropology hoping to find his father. Carlos works for the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala. He records survivors’ testimonies, takes DNA samples of those seeking missing loved ones, and joins excavations in the search for the disappeared. Up to 45,000 people disappeared during Guatemala’s 36-year internal armed conflict. More than 80 percent were Indigenous Maya civilians. Carlos and thousands of survivors still seek truth and justice 25 years after the 1996 peace accords.

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