part one of trilogie, part two original Spanish/Maya version with Spanish, English or German subtitles available
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
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