In 1976, the military dictatorship of Guatemala chose the Chixoy River area as the site for the first hydroelectric dam in the country.

The village of Rio Negro was one of the affected communities, and began build an organized opposition to the Chixoy project, which would flood their ancestral homelands and drastically change their way of life. 

During this time, the government of Guatemala saw any form of opposition as an act of insurgency and on the morning of March 13, 1982 descended on Rio Negro and murdered 177 women and children. 

The Earth Did Not Speak chronicles the events of the Rio Negro massacre and the plight of the survivors to rebuild their village on the banks of their flooded homelands.