I cannot wait to see this film, Ixcanul, which roughly translates to, “the internal force of the mountain which is boiling and looking for eruption,” in Kaqchikel Mayan. In fact the entire film is in Kaqchikel, written and directed by Jayro Bustamante who is 1/4 Maya. Even though about 60% of Guatemala’s population is Maya, Maya stories are rarely told, especially not on the big screen.
So far it has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes critics rating, which is kind of amazing!
“Hidden away in the alleyways of New Delhi is the Kathputli Colony, India’s last home to magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers. This emotional documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was named by IndieWire one of the “20 Best Documentaries” of the year. It will be released on iTunes and digital VOD on August 25.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is absolutely one of my favorite writers out there right now and her TED talk on the dangers of telling a single story is incredibly moving and important.
I spend a decent amount of time thinking about writing, how to write well, why to write, etc. This talk has probably had more impact on me than any other single piece of advice on storytelling — especially in terms of writing about people “not like me.”
This looks like a very interesting new documentary about looting and the destruction of cultural heritage happening in the Maya region.
“If you don’t know the history of your culture, you don’t know anything.”
The scene of the temple being bulldozed and the human remains being pushed around like trash made me positively sick to my stomach. I wouldn’t exactly compare looting to rape as they do here, and I wish there were more Maya voices represented in the trailer, but the Nightfire Films website says “The story is told by villagers, looters, archaeologists, scholars, dealers and curators. For each, these vases have a radically different value and meaning,” which definitely makes me excited to watch this when I can!