The ancient Maya believed our present world would end and a new cycle would arise after 5,125 years. What lays behind the myth of the Mayan calendar? It did not envision that the sky would fall or the oceans collapse. The film follows six young Maya in Guatemala and Chiapas through their daily and ceremonial lives. They provide an indigenous perspective in their own words. Their vision of a world in which all life is sacred and interconnected presents a compelling alternative to the prevailing worldview. As corporations attempt to extract all value from Earth’s natural resources, these Maya reveal their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment, believing they are the guardians of the Earth. Where the West has focused on the end of the world, they understand their calendar as the closing of a circle, as a way to a new beginning, as a last call to save the Earth. Directed, produced and written by Frauke Sandig and Eric Black.

Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth

2011 DE 98 min
Festival Year: 2013
Types: Documentary, Panel Discussion
Topic: Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Global Perspectives