CLAS is delighted to present a rare screening of the recent Guatemalan documentary, The Echo of Pain of the Many, Wednesday, 10 October, in Rendall Building, Lecture Theatre 8 at 5.15pm. Admission is free. The film will be presented and followed by a discussion led by Dr Tiago de Luca, Lecturer in World Cinema and Portuguese.

The Echo of Pain of the Many is a moving and thought-provoking documentary by a Ana Lucía Cuevas, who records her return from exile into the dangerous and volatile political environment of contemporary Guatemala. Filmed over the course of four years, writer-director Ana Lucía Cuevas discovers, through the archived records of the perpetrators of the crimes themselves, the involvement of her own government in the abduction, torture and murders of her brother and his young family. At each stop of this emotional and investigative journey, the personal and national tragedy of contemporary Guatemala is brought gradually into focus. This remarkable documentary is also, in equal measure, a forensic examination of historical evidence, and a testament to how the endurance of love can overcome fear.

The screening forms part of University of Liverpool’s ongoing collaboration with the The Liverpool Radical Documentary Film Festival, which is taking place during the first two weeks of October. Other highlights include The Spanish Earth (Thursday 4 October, The Victoria Building, 6.30pm) which was filmed during the Spanish Civil War, and The Battle of Algiers (Tuesday 9 October, 126 Mount Pleasant, 1pm), which famously documented the Algerian struggle against French colonialism. All screenings are free! Find out more about the festival here.