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Guatemala. The war ended long ago. Though the people want to forget it, the violence continues, and it has spread throughout the society like cancer. Each day, journalists wait to report on the next murder victim, and a social worker helps the relatives of women who have been killed. The…
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The Living Maya - Program IV
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The Living Maya
This series documents life in a Yucatan village, focusing on one family over the course of a year. The films explore the ancient agricultural and religious customs that ground contemporary Maya life in traditional values - even as modern Mexico comes to the village. In Maya, Spanish, and English, with…
The Living Maya - Program III
Part of the Series: The Living Maya
The Living Maya Program III: As the Colli-Colli resolve their difficulties and the village harvests a mediocre corn crop, viewers are left with an understanding of the underlying rationales of Maya life and with questions about their own assumptions, priorities, and values. Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards CINE Golden Eagle Award…
The Living Maya - Program II
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The Living Maya Program II: Hard-pressed by an illness in the family, the Colli-Colli face financial and emotional challenges using traditional solidarity to muster resources and comfort. Drought threatens the village's crucial corn crop. Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards CINE Golden Eagle Award PBS national broadcasts Margaret Mead Film Festival honoree…
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