Land of Trees

PublisherSelf / Prototype / Handmade
PhotographerJames Rodriguez
Date of PublicationJune 2018
Location of PublicationGuatemala
PrizeFinalist in Prototype / Documentary
Entry Description

Guatemala’s bloody war left over 200,000 victims, most of them indigenous civilians. Post-war processes from the 1996 Peace Accords have not coped with the harrowing legacy of violence after a 36-year brutal war. Land tenure was the principal motive for the war. Indigenous Mayan communities, 60 percent of the country’s population, have maintained a cultural and territorial resistance over generations that continues clashed with the small but powerful political and economic sectors in the country who continue to use the Army and Police to forcefully implement their economic projects.