Roderico Yool Díaz papers, 2012-2015

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Summary

Creator:
Yool Díaz, Roderico
Abstract:
Roderico Yool Díaz is a photojournalist born in Guatemala. The Roderico Yool Díaz papers include materials documenting the trial for genocide and crimes against humanity of the former dictator (1982-1983) of Guatemala General Efraín Ríos Montt between 2012 and 2015. Acquired as part of the Human Rights Archive and the Archive of Documentary Arts.
Extent:
69.6 Gigabytes (Approximately 1,150 files.)
Language:
Materials in Spanish.
Collection ID:
RL.13063

Background

Scope and content:

The Roderico Yool Díaz papers include images, audio recordings, and video recordings documenting the trial for genocide and crimes against humanity of former dictator (1982-1983) General Efraín Ríos Montt between 2012 and 2015 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Audio recordings document hearings during the trial and sentencing as well as Ríos Montt's statements prior to sentencing. Video recordings document similar parts of the trial and sentencing. Digital photographs document the 2012-2013 trial, as well as the initial stages of Ríos Montt's retrial in 2015.

Biographical / historical:

Roderico Yool Díaz (Indigenous name Maya Kaqchikel) is a photojournalist whose work documents "the struggle of survivors to overcome the aftermath of war and genocide in Guatemala and communities affected by the on-going extractive development projects and their relationship with migration to the United States." Yool Díaz was born in 1975 on a Dutch-owned coffee plantation in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Displaced from their home by the violence of the Guatemalan Civil War (1960-1996) and concurrent genocide of Indigenous peoples (1970s-1980s), Yool Díaz worked agricultural jobs to pay for school and was the first member of his family to attend college, studying anthropology and working with forensic teams to exhume mass graves. As an independent photojournalist, Yool Díaz has worked for Que Pasa Noticias, LATÉ, and the Associated Press. He relocated to North Carolina in the late 2010s. He is also the co-founder of the production company Iximché Mediam, as well as a member of Indigenous Photograph and Diversify Photo. Yool Díaz is the recipient of the 2023 Human Rights Digital Story-Telling Award.

Sources: The 400 Years Project site (https://www.400yearsproject.org/photographers/roderico-yool-diaz), the exhibition site for Raíces, Rutas y Ritmos: The Influence of Latin American Music in North Carolina (https://sites.duke.edu/raicesrutasritmos/roderico-yool-diaz/), and Wikipedia entries for the Guatemalan Civil War (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemalan_Civil_War) and Guatemalan Genocide (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemalan_genocide), all accessed 2024 March 1.

Acquisition information:
The Roderico Yool Díaz papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift in 2024.
Processing information:

Processed by [Matthew] Farrell, March 2024.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2024-0004

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Subjects

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Subjects:
Human Rights -- Guatemala
Trials (Genocide)
Indigenous peoples -- Central America
Names:
Human Rights Archive (Duke University)
Archive of Documentary Arts (Duke University)
Ríos Montt, Efraín (José Efraín)
Places:
Guatemala -- History -- Civil War, 1960-1996

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