Advisory Board Member
On 8 April 2016, Pamela Yates was appointed to the Advisory Board of The Hague Justice Portal and the Peace, Justice and Security Foundation - The Hague.
Pamela Yates was born and raised in the Appalachian coal mining region of Pennsylvania. She is a founder and the current Creative Director of Skylight, which for 30+ years has been dedicated to creating documentary films, digital media projects and labs that advance awareness of human rights and the quest for justice by implementing multi-year outreach campaigns designed to engage, educate and activate social change.
Yates is the Academy Award winning Executive Producer of Witness to War, The Emmy Award winning Producer of Loss of Innocence, the Sundance Special Jury Award Director of When the Mountains Tremble, and the Overseas Press Club Award winner for State of Fear, which was broadcast in 156 countries and translated into 48 languages. Her film The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court was filmed across 4 continents and chronicles the first 6 tumultuous years of the International Criminal Court.
Her first documentary, When the Mountains Tremble, filmed in Guatemala in 1982, was used as key forensic evidence by the prosecution in the genocide trial which led to the conviction of former General Ríos Montt in Guatemala in 2013. The sequel, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2011) tells the story of the building of the genocide case against Ríos Montt led by Guatemalan survivors, working alongside their attorneys, and international allies.
Her web series Dictator in the Dock (2013) is 24 episodes filmed during court proceedings in Guatemala, highlights of the dramatic case against Ríos Montt who was charged with genocide and crimes against humanity – the first time ever that the perpetrator of genocide against indigenous people was brought to trial.
Forthcoming in 2017 is her next film in the Guatemalan saga, 500 Years.
Yates is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild of America. She serves on the Board of Advisors of The Hague Justice Portal and the Peace Justice and Security Foundation, The Hague.