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Some recommended videos from our library (viewable by appointment):

 


THE DEVILS DREAM
This Canadian production takes the Dance of the 24 Devils (which predicts evil & the end of Indian civilisation), as its base, juxtaposing dance sequences with scenes from daily life. A fascinating comment on the state of modern Guatemala.
Directed by Mary Ellen Davis
Canada. 1991. 58 mins VHS/NTSC
(Our reference: Cassette: 6)

LEGACY: THE BURDEN OF TIME
A beautifully filmed look at Maya and Aztec civilizations from pre-columbian days to modern times, taking in the influence of the Spanish invasion and Catholicism. Some mention of modern political problems, many interesting (and gruesome) facts about both civilizations, and interesting comparisons with Eastern civilizations, particularly China.
Produced & directed by Peter Spry-Leverton.
51 mins. 1991.VHS/PAL
(Our reference: Cassette: 21)

THEY SHOOT CHILDREN DON'T THEY?
Good quality film about Englishman Bruce Harris's efforts to help the homeless children of Guatemala City
Judy Jackson
BBC TV, London BBC1 First broadcast Jan '91.
48 mins. VHS/PAL
(Our reference: Cassette: 32)

TODOS SANTOS CUCHUMATÁN
A documentary about the Mam Indian village of Todos Santos Cuchumatan showing both daily life, the colourful fiesta and subsequent departure to the cotton plantations.
Directed by Olivia Carrescia.
Icarus Films, USA. 42 mins. 1982 VHS/NTSC
(Our reference: Cassette: 33)

TODOS SANTOS: THE SURVIVORS
Sequel to "Todos Santos Cuchumatan" this documentary looks at life in the village in the aftermath of the civil war
Directed by Olivia Carrescia.
Icarus Films, USA. 58 mins. 1989 VHS/NTSC.
(Our reference: Cassette: 34)

WHEN THE MOUNTAINS TREMBLE
Narrated by Rigoberta Menchu (subsequent 1992 Nobel Prize winner), this documentary covers Guatemalan history from the overthrow of the democractically elected government in 1954 to the civil war of the early 1980s.
Directed by Pamela Yates & Newton Thomas Siegel, 83 mins. 1983. USA. VHS/PAL (2 copies)
(Our reference: Cassette: 38)

WINDS OF MEMORY
Beautifully photographed account of Indian resistance to both Guatemalan military dictatorships and the discrimination of the ruling classes. Moving scenes of massacres compliment scenes from daily life and fiestas.
Directed by Felix Zurita, (UK) 60 mins.
Critical Eye. VHS/PAL c.1992
(Our reference: Cassette: 40)

OUT OF THE PAST
Fascinating doc. examining the collapse of the Maya. Over-population & over-exploitation of resources are considered the prime factors for their demise. The valley of Copan yields supporting evidence.
Penn. State University 1992/3
CH4 Broadcast 55 mins (adverts cut.) VHS/PAL
(Our reference: Cassette: 56)

THE POPUL VUH
Animated film depicting the central myth of Maya culture, The book of the Quiche Maya.
Directed by Patricia Amlin, University of California 1988 VHS/PAL (60 mins)
(Our reference: Cassette: 57)

TRACES OF GUILT: DEAD WITNESS.
Disturbing yet fascinating documentary following forensic anthropologists as they unravel the secrets of the Plan de Sanchez massacre of 1982 & i.d. the victims and their killers
Director: Isabelle Rosin BBC2/A&E Network.
Jan.96. 49:22 mins. VHS/PAL.
(Our reference: Cassette: 65ii)

CLASH OF THE MAYA KINGS
Epigraphers Nicolai Grube and Simon Martin look at the evidence for political warfare amongst the ancient Maya.
The Learning Channel 24 mins (excl. ads) VHS / PAL.
(Our reference: Cassette: 67i)

CRACKING THE MAYA CODE
Deciphering the Maya Hieroglyphs with epigrapher, David Stuart.
Tomorrow's World (edit) BBC TV, London BBC1 1996. 8 mins. VHS / PAL.
(Our reference: Cassette: 67ii)

TIMEWATCH - THE MAYA
Superb documentary produced by award winning documentary film-maker Alan Ereira focusing on recent developments in the archaeology of Mesoamerica and the fascinating site of Copan which is revealing its secrets and age-old links with the Mexican site of Teotihuacan in the valley of Mexico.
Producer: Alan Ereira. VHS / PAL (1997)
(Our reference: Cassette: 77)

DIRTY SECRETS:
Jennifer, Everardo & the CIA in Guatemala.
Follows Jennifer Harbury's struggle to determine the truth about what happened to her husband Everardo, a Guatemalan rebel leadr, and her efforts on behalf of all disappeared people in Guatemala. It tells how her courage and determination brought forth disturbing revelations about the CIA in Guatemala.
Produced and Directed by Patricia Goudvis
New Day Films Inc. 56 minutes VHS NTSC (1998)
(Our reference: Cassette: 84)

Discovering Dominga
A powerful and award-winning documentary tracing the return of an Iowa housewife to the Guatemalan village where she was born. Dominga was nine when she became her family's sole survivor of the Rio Negro massacre. Inexorably, she is drawn into the ongoing struggle of the surviving Rio Negro community to find justice, and decides to become a witness in a landmark human rights case brought against the Guatemalan military.
Directed & Produced by: Patricia Flynn
Berkeley Media, California
c.57 minutes VHS NTSC (c.2003)
(Our reference: Cassette: 95)

Haunted Land
Two paths cross on a descent into Guatemala's past: that of Mateo Pablo, Maya survivor of one of many massacres that took place during the country's civil war, and Daniel Hernández Salazar, Guatemalan artist and photographer whose work grapples with human rights issues. Together they travel to where the community of Petanac once stood - a place where Mateo lived until 1982 when his family and neighbours were murdered by the Guatemalan army. As forensic experts excavate, the bones tell their own mute story of agony and terror ...
Directed & Produced by: Mary Ellen Davies
Productions B'alba, Montreal, Canada
c.74 minutes VHS NTSC (c.2003)c.50 minutes VHS PAL (2002)
(Our reference: Cassette: 96)

Tierra Madre (Sacred Earth)
In Guatemala, property ownership is restricted to a minority: most peasants possess no land, endlessly seeking new areas to cultivate. Despite arrests, threats and destruction of their crops, a Q1eqchi Maya community defends its ancestral rights in the knowledge that such actions have, in recent history, resulted in the massacre of entire communities. Will hope triumph over violence? Sacred Earth tells of courage and faith, within the quest for peace and stability.
Directed & Produced by: Mary Ellen Davies
Productions B'alba, Montreal, Canada
c.54 minutes VHS NTSC (1996)
(Our reference: Cassette: 97)

THIS WORLD: KILLERS PARADISE
Murder Mystery in Guatemlala. Documentary looking at the high murder rate of women in Guatemala. Olenka Frenkiel investigates as Claudina Velasquez's father tries to find out about her violent killing in a country where 665 women were murdered in 2005, yet not one killer has been imprisoned. With no fingerprint or DNA database, no crime or victim profiling, no forensic science, and witnesses keepoing quiet, killers go free. Frenkiel asks if this is a legacy of 36 years of Civil War, when security forces murdered with impunity.
c. 60 minutes BBC broadcast. Directed by Giselle Portenier 2005.
(Our reference: Cassette: 106)

SIPAKAPA NO SE VENDE
In 2005, Montaña Exploradora, subsidiary of Glamis Gold the Canadian/US transnational corporation, received 45 million dollars from the World Bank to develop an open-pit gold mine in the Dept of San Marcos, Guatemala. In accordance the legal framework for such a development, the local community were consulted for approval, and the result was a resounding rejection of the proposed mine. This documentary analyses the debate on mining exploitation and demonstrates the dignity of the Sipakadan people as they fight to defend their autonomy.
English Subtitles, 55 minutes, Guatemala, 2005
(Our reference: Cassette: 107)

RECYCLED LIFE (Our reference: Cassette: 107)

 


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