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From The Bullfrog Films Collection
Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth

A film by Frauke Sandig and Eric Black

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The ancient Maya believed this present world would end and a new cycle arise after 5125 years.

How does the story end? Does the water change color? Do the oceans collapse? Does the sky fall as the last tree is cut?

Featured at over 100 international film festivals including every Central and South American Human Rights film festival, HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH follows six young Maya in Guatemala and Chiapas through their daily and ceremonial life. They put forth a wholly indigenous Mayan perspective in their own words, without narration. Their cosmology, in which all life is sacred and interconnected, presents a deeply compelling alternative to the prevailing worldview.

As giant corporations go to the ends of the earth to extract all resources, these Maya reveal their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment. they believe they are the guardians of the earth. Each of their stories touches upon a facet of the current global crisis.

Beautifully filmed, the intimate accounts of the protagonists interweave with images associated with the fragile beauty of nature and the creation myth of the Popol Vuh. Ruins of a former Mayan civilization stand in the background as harbingers of our own possible fate. 

"A caustic critique of the ecological destruction caused by mining and deforestation in Mexico and Guatemala...The spirit of HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH is more elegiac than angry-expressing a mournful yet dignified attitude toward those who cannot comprehend the consequences of their destruction. Recommended."Video Librarian

"Strongly recommended viewing for those with a concern about the environment and seeking more perspectives." —The Midwest Book Review "A lovely and important film."Anthropology Review Database

"It is quite possible our great corporations will succeed in finishing nature off and plant genetically modified corn over its burnt out remains. It is quite possible they will intimidate and expel the indigenous from their lands. On the other hand, resistance is growing. Many young Maya now read their calendar quite differently. They say the world will not go under. It will start anew, but we all have to fight for it, here and now. If one is searching for impressive evidence of this tenacious determination, HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH is it."Die Ziet (The Times)

"Carefully and beautifully conceived, delicately shedding light on the plight of the Mayan communities in Mexico, and Central America in their fight against Canadian and American mining companies and genetically food producing companies like Monsanto... Powerful and eye-opening."The Women's Press

Masters Section, 2011 IDFA Amsterdam
 2011 DOK Leipzig 
 First Prize, 2011 Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival, Toronto
 First Prize/Pukañawi Award, 2011 Festival Int'l de Cine de los Derechos Humanos (Bolivia)
 Audience Award, 2011 Natur Film Festival (Germany)
Special Jury Mention, 2011 International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights
 Special Jury Mention, 2011 Festival Int. de Cine de Derechos Humanos (Argentina)
 Special Mention, 2011 DocsDF (Mexico)
 Silver Chris Award, 2011 Columbus International Film + Video Festival
 2011 Margaret Mead Film Festival
 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival
 2011 Mill Valley International Film Festival
 2011 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
 2011 Cleveland International Film Festival
 2011 Festival de Cine Verde de Barichara (Colombia)
 2011 Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (Cuba)
 2011 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival

98 minutes / Color
Spanish; Maya / English subtitles
Release: 2018
Copyright: 2011

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Subject areas:
Activism, Agriculture, Anthropology, Biodiversity, Biotechnology, The Bullfrog Films Collection, Business, Capitalism, Central America, Ecology, Economy, Environment, Globalization, Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, Latin American Studies, Mexico, Migration and Refugees, Native People, Poverty, Race and Racism, Religion, Social Justice, Sociology, Sustainability, War and Peace, Women's Studies

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