Maya Portraits — Young Woman from Santa María de Jesús
Many people believe that the Maya don’t like to be photographed or filmed. Well, if you browse the archives of AntiguaDailyPhoto.com you will see that quite the opposite is true. Nevertheless, how about a new series about portraits of Maya people. Plus, a little teaser about a new film about the Maya.
Many people in Guatemala argue that the Maya disappear over 1000 years ago and the indigenous population of Guatemala, roughly 50% to 60%, are not Maya. Well, I am glad my friend and filmmaker, Meghan Eckman, made The Maya Movie to set the record straight. Below you can read the introduction and watch the trailer. As always, I will keep you posted as The Maya Movie becomes widely available. Stay tuned!
Maya culture today is the spiritual home of almost 10 million people, but no film has really penetrated the core of Maya spiritual beliefs and what it means to hold them. The Maya Movie aims to do precisely this. The film showcases voices of the Maya themselves and Maya scholars, which paint a broad portrait of the Maya today and the history of racism, exclusion and violence they have suffered. But at the heart of the film is the spiritual richness that can be found among the Maya.
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