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Yucatec Maya Deaf Sign
In 1976, Hubert Smith set out with a group of researchers to visually document Yucatec Maya society within the village of Chican. This project resulted in the 4-part series, The Living Maya. During filming, however, it was impossible to ignore…
The Living Maya - Program I
Part of the Series: The Living Maya
The Living Maya Program I: Introduces the village of Chican and the Colli-Colli family, and examines the structure of Maya agricultural and village life. Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards CINE Golden Eagle Award PBS national broadcasts Margaret Mead Film Festival honoree…
Andean Women
Part of the Series: Bolivia / Faces of Change collection
Aymara women voice a common paradox. In the film they express agreement with the dominant Hispanic ideal that women should be subservient to men and assigned to tasks appropriate to their limited strength and intellegence. Yet Aymara culture recognizes their…
Magic and Catholicism
Part of the Series: Bolivia / Faces of Change collection
The people of the Bolivian highlands blend in thought and practice the traditional magic of the region and the religion of their conquerors. A fatal automobile accident, coincident with the festival of Santiago, provides occasion for unique expressions of both…
Viracocha
Part of the Series: Bolivia / Faces of Change collection
Viracocha features mestizos and campesinos in the Andean highlands interacting within a near-subsistance economic system. Market days and fiestas provide opportunities for Spanish-speaking mestizos, alternately benign and abusive, to assert their traditional social dominance over the Aymara and Quechua campesinos.…
The Children Know
Part of the Series: Bolivia / Faces of Change collection
The deep division in Andean society between rural and townspeople begins at birth, is perpetuated by the schools and continues throughout life. The film evidences the discrimination faced by the children of the rural and extremely poor campesinos. From different…
The Living Maya - Program II
Part of the Series: The Living Maya
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…
Potato Planters
Part of the Series: Bolivia / Faces of Change collection
An Aymara family plants potatoes, prepares and eats a meal, and discusses the religious and astronomical forces that control their destiny. The stark routine of this typical planting day contrasts with thecomplexity of their beliefs. About the Faces of Change…
Spirit Possession of Alejandro Mamani
Part of the Series: Bolivia / Faces of Change collection
An old Bolivian man nears the end of his life. He has property and status, but not contentment. Believing himself posessed by evil spirits, he opens his heart to reveal his anguish. His personal tragedy brings us close to every…
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,…
The Living Maya - Program IV
Part of the Series: The Living Maya
The Living Maya Program IV: The Colli-Colli's two youngest sons plead to be placed in school in Merida - the first of their family to reject traditional life. Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards CINE Golden Eagle Award PBS national broadcasts Margaret…
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…
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