98 min


Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth

Herz des Himmels, Herz der Erde

Directing: Frauke Sandig


The great cycle of the ancient Mayan calendar will end on December 21st, 2012. How does the story end? Do the oceans collapse? Does the sky fall as the last tree is cut? The remote homelands of the present day Maya in Mexico and Guatemala present a perfect microcosm that shows how unhindered globalization has been already destroying the Earth and indigenous cultures now under attack due to natural resources. Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth presents another worldview, following six young Mayans through their daily and ceremonial life, presenting their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment. They put forth a wholly indigenous perspective in their own words, without narration. Each touches upon a facet of the current global crisis. The intimate accounts and experiences of the protagonists interweave images associated with the fragile beauty of nature and the sacred myth of creation - the Popol Vuh.
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