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    HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH

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  • HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH

    HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH

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  • HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH

    HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH

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HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH

a film by Eric Black, Frauke Sandig

HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH

Germany | 2011 | 98:00 min

Original Title:
HERZ DES HIMMELS, HERZ DER ERDE

Content Categories

Documentary Series
part one of trilogie, part two
original Spanish/Maya version with Spanish, English or German subtitles available
Synopsis
The great cycle of the ancient Mayan calendar will end on December 21st, 2012.
How does the story end? Do the oceans collapse? Does the sky fall as the last tree is cut? The remote homelands of the present day Maya in Mexico and Guatemala present a perfect microcosm to show how unhindered globalization is already destroying the Earth and indigenous cultures now under attack for their natural resources from all sides. Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth presents another worldview, following six young Maya into their daily and ceremonial life, revealing their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment. They put forth a wholly indigenous perspective in their own words, without narration. Each touches upon a
facet of the current global crisis. Beautifully filmed, the intimate accounts and experiences of the protagonists interweave with images associated with the fragile beauty of nature and the sacred creation myth of the Popol Vuh. The stories and the cosmovision of the Mayan protagonists are juxtaposed with our shortsighted exploitation of the Earth.


“It is quite possible our great corporations will succeed in finishing Nature off … and expel the Indigenous from their lands. On the other hand, resistance is growing. Many young Maya 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 ZEIT
Festivals/Awards
IDFA Amsterdam, Masters Section
DOK Leipzig
Best International Feature – Planet in Focus, Toronto, First Prize in North America’s largest environmental film festival,
Muestra de Cine Internacional Memoria Verdad Justicia, Guatemala,
First prize, the Pukañawi Award – Festival Internacional de Cine de los Derechos Humanos, Bolivia,
Nature Film Prize, Germany, Audience’s Favorite Award
Special Jury Mention – International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva
Special Jury Mention – Festival Int. de Cine de Derechos Humanos, Buenos Aires, Special Jury Mention
Special Mention – DocsDF, Mexico City,
Best Documentary, Best Cinematography, 2nd Teueikan Prize – First Peoples Festival in Copresentation with RIDM, Montreal:
Silver Chris Award and Central Ohio Green Education Fund Award, Columbus IFF
Best Directors Award – Baikal International Film Festival PEOPLE AND ENVIRONMENT
Vancouver International Film Festival
Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York
Mill Valley International Film Festival
Thessaloniki DFF
Dreamspeakers Festival, Canada: Best Documentary
Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Havana, Cuba
Festival de Cine Verde de Barichara, Colombia, Closing Night Film
Taiwan International Documentary Festival
Rassegna International Archeological Film Festival in Italy: Special Mention
Planete Doc, Warsaw
Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico
FICMA Barcelona, Spain
ZagrebDox
Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse
Cinema Planeta, Mexico, Closing Night Film
Cinema Politica, Canada, Divine Interventions
Chicago Latino Film Festival, Runner up for Audience Award
Cambridge Film Festival
Documentarist, Istanbul
Cowichan International Aboriginal Film Festival, People’s Choice Award
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C.
Native Spirit Film Festival, London Opening Film
Addis International Film Festival, Ethiopia
San Francisco Green Film Festival
ECOcine, Portugal
Cine Las Americas, Texas
Festival Internacional de Cine de los Derechos Humanos, Mexico City
Cinema Ambulante, El Salvador
Amnesty International Reel Awareness Human Rights Film Festival, Toronto
San Francisco Latino Film Festival
Mic Genero, Mexico
Sydney Latino Film Festival
Arlington IFF Opening Film
Boom Festival, Portugal
Tofino Film Festival, Vancouver Island, Canada
Borneo Eco Film Festival
World Community Film Festival, British Colombia, Canada
Semana de los Derechos Humanos, Costa Rica
Cleveland Film Festival
Todos Santos Film Festival, Baja, California, Mexico
Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival
Nonfiktionale
Nepal Indigenous Film Festival
Hamilton IFF
Festival internacional de cine Barranquilla, Colombia
Cast and Crew
  • Director Eric Black, Frauke Sandig
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