DVD - 2017 | Spanish
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"A dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Mayans living on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. A ... fusion of fact and fable, this ... film is an immersive journey into its characters' customs and beliefs, chronicling with unblinking realism disappearing traditions and a disappearing people"--Container.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino Lorber, Inc., [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: IXCAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 12 cm
digital, optical, 5.1 surround, rda
digital, optical, stereo, rda
NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda


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Jan 12, 2019

This film from Guatemala depicts the life of a family of three living south of an active volcano and clinging to their old Mayan way of life. Some people would heap praise on their way of life as basic and pure but I think these people, while enjoying the convenience of running water and flushed toilet, are totally irresponsible in their sentiments. This is a family left behind by the advances of modern societies and has to endure hardship and suffering which are spared from the rest of us. And tradition often means superstition, another element in inducing unnecessary suffering for them. Still, this film does provide a good glimpse into their lives, and the story line is fairly engaging, though depressing. And for this reason it is worth my time. There is a story-behind-the-story in the bonus materials on the disc - the two leading Mayan actresses attending a film reception in Berlin, something they could have only dreamed about. So in some way it is even more interesting to me.

Apr 07, 2018

This is a wonderful film depicting the daily life and culture of a Mayan family in Guatamala. The main actor is wonderful in the portrayal of how she loses her agency and the barriers faced by her and her family.

Oct 06, 2017

Gripping story of the life of a Guatemalan family speaking only a mayan language behind the volcano (ixcanul). This will be used against them without their knowledge. The juxtaposition of traditional and the modern life are well presented.
The added part of how the movie was made is worth watching.

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