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Todos Santos: The Survivors
A Film by Olivia Carrescia
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This film is on one (1) DVD together with the films Todos Santos Cuchumatan and Mayan Voices: American Lives

After five years of traumatic bloodshed and political violence in Guatemala, filmmaker Olivia Carrescia returns to look at the dramatic situation of the village she had documented in TODOS SANTOS CUCHUMATAN and its struggle to survive and maintain its cultural identity against a background of economic hardships, social and religious change, and violence between the army and guerilla forces for control of the area.

TODOS SANTOS: THE SURVIVORS goes on to demonstrate how the political turmoil affected this once quiet community. Farming and seasonal migration patterns have been altered. Many have fled to Guatemala City, while others are refugees in Mexico. The remaining males aged 15 to 60 are forced into civilian patrols as part of the army's counter-insurgency plan. Villagers who once spoke freely with outsiders are now afraid to talk at all.

A haunting look underneath the silence which blankets much of Guatemala today, TODOS SANTOS: THE SURVIVORS documents the legacy of a bloody civil war, and the wounds that remain unhealed even after the guns have stopped firing.

"An excellent teaching tool for courses in sociology, anthropology or political science."—Allan F Burns, Professor of Anthropology, University of Florida

"Something extremely rare in anthropological film... An unsual grasp of the forces which connect political brutality and social change."— Elizabeth Weatherford, Curator, Film and Video Center, Museum of the American Indian

"A very moving experience... A very accurate description of what happened in the Guatemalan highlands during the 1980's."— Arturo Arias, Guatemalan novelist

Blue Ribbon Winner, 1990 American Film and Video Festival

58 minutes / color
Copyright: 1989
Sale: $398

Subject areas:
Anthropology, Central America, Cultural Anthropology, Economic Sociology, Guatemala, Human Rights, Latin American Studies, Psychology

Related Links:
The Films of Olivia Carrescia

Related Titles:
A Better Life: Returning to Todos Santos after 30 years, a look at the profound economic and social changes that have transformed this Guatemalan Mayan village.

A Mayan Trilogy: Life, Death & Migration: Now on one DVD, Olivia Carrescia's three films on the Mayan Indians of Guatemala preserve a record, and provide an acute observation on how the indigenous culture has been affected by, yet survived, that country's tumultuous history.

Sacred Soil: The Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation exhumes up to 1,000 bodies a year to identify them, and return the remains to their families.

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