Between the Americas, Ep. 3: The Silence of Guatemala

Stef Biemans | Documentary

2023 | 43 minutes | The Netherlands

The Maya people's 40-year silence on the Guatemalan genocide under General Ríos Montt. Will there be a moment to finally break this silence?


If we listen attentively to the stories of the Maya people, we will encounter a silence that has endured for 40 years. This silence surrounds the genocide that occurred under the rule of General Efraín Ríos Montt.

Termed 'The Silence of Guatemala,' it reflects the lack of recognition for the mass slaughter of indigenous people. Is the time now ripe to break this silence?

Series Description

For a long time, Central America seemed to be on the rise, but opposing forces have hindered any positive developments. There have emerged two Americas, and in between these two visions, journalist Stef Biemans listens to the stories of Central America. Biemans has lived and worked in the region for more than 15 years and brights to light the delicate situation of many Central Americans in a calleidoscope of sounds and stories.


“What we hear and see in Between the Americas is beautiful poetry and deeply disturbing.” — NRC Handelsblad

“This series feels just as colorful and double-edged as a fairy tale. In between the ominous stories,
you can find hope and humanity, just like in a real fary tale.” — Trouw

“A documentary maker wants to portray an unkown area with the sounds of a small recording device.
If I would be in charge of a network I would tell him to get lost. But if the documentary maker is Stef Biemans and the area is Central America, I hope I will have the wisdom to say yes.” — Groene Amsterdammer

Main credits

Biemans, Stef (film director)
Biemans, Stef (narrator)
Frints, Nicole (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Remco Bikkers; editing, Joël Hielckert & Stef Biemans.

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DIRECTOR: Stef Biemans

NATIONALITY: The Netherlands

YEAR: 2023

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Dutch; Spanish; Other languages

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adult



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