Watch This: “Ixcanul” an amazing looking Mayan-language film!

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!

Watch This: Tomorrow We Disappear

This documentary looks amazing, very excited to watch Tomorrow We Disappear when it’s released.

“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.”

The Danger of a Single Story

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.”

Watch This: Dance of the Maize God

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!

Evidence of Other Universes

Yep, evidence of other universeS, that’s plural. How is this not the most amazing, mind blowing, earth shattering news?

These are the moments when I wish I had gone to school to become an astrophysicist so I could actually understand the details.

Also, in related news, I love Neil deGrasse Tyson. Here he is talking about the “most astounding fact about the universe.” This makes me feel full of joy.

Spacebound video short

Emotion is personal, so this might not make you weep like a little baby.

But this short little video makes me cry every time I watch it (which is often since my toddler loves it to bits). Not sure if its the dog or the very nice music or what.