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344 Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth
The stories of six young Maya are juxtaposed with our shortsighted exploitation of the Earth.


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Overview

Genre

Human Rights, Environment, Human Interest, Foreign Worlds, and Nature

Synopsis

The great cycle of the ancient Mayan calendar has ended. 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.

Stage

finished

Running time

98 minutes

Credits

Frauke Sandig ... Author, Director, Producer (with Eric Black)

Eric Black ... Director, Producer, Camera

Grete Jentzen ... Editor

Brigit Mulders ... Line Producer

Florina Mendoza ... Assistant Director

Arturo PantaleĆ³n ... Composer

Production Details

Prod. Co.

Eric Black & Frauke Sandig Umbrella Films

Production years

2011

Locations

Mexico, Guatemala

Prod. Partners

Frauke Sandig Umbrella Films & Eric Black, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FFA, DFFF, EED, EZEF, ITVS

Distribution Details

Release year

2011

Festivals

Dok Leipzig, IDFA (Masters Section), Havana IFF, Thessaloniki IFF, Planete Doc Warsaw, Festival of Human Rights Geneva, Cine Latino Toulouse, ZagrebDox, Muestra de Cine Guatemala, Guanajuato IFF, Documentarist, Vancouver IFF, Mill Valley FF, DOCS DF

Awards

First Prize Planet in Focus Festival, Toronto; Premio Pukanawi Int. Human Rights Fest. Bolivia; Audience Award German Nature Film Prize, Special Jury Mentions DOCS DF, Mex., International Film Festival on Human Rights Geneva, DerHumAlc Buenos Aires

Distribution

Theatrical Release in Germany: Piffl Medien, DVD: Good Movies, World Sales: Film Republic, Educational USA: Bullfrog Films

Broadcast (Prod.)

ZDF 3SAT, ITVS

Language

Spanish, Maya

Subtitles

English, German, Spanish