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Ixcanul

The brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. Immersing us in its characters' customs and beliefs, IXCANUL chronicles with unblinking realism, a disappearing tradition and a disappearing people. Winner of the Alfred Bauer award and nominee for the Golden Berlin Bear award at the 2015 **Berlin International Film Festival**. *"Like its titular Guatemalan volcano, Jayro Bustamante's hypnotic film debut IXCANUL bubbles with the tension of a teenage girl at odds with her family's native customs."* - Alex Migdal, ***The Globe and Mail***
Online
2019; 2015
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Living on One Dollar

This award-winning documentary is a tool to help empower the extreme poor to take the first steps out of poverty. The film follows the story of four young friends who set out to live on just one dollar a day for eight weeks in rural Guatemala. They battle hunger, parasites and the realization that there are no easy answers. Yet, the generosity and strength of Rosa, a 20 year old woman, and Chino, a 12 year old boy gives them resilient hope that there are effective ways to make a difference. Join Zach and Chris as they narrate this gripping journey of understanding. You will come away with a deep empathy for the people of Pena Blanca and feel empowered that you CAN change the world.
Online
2018; 2013
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Ixcanul =: Volcán

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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.
BookDVD
2017; 2015
Clemons (Stacks)
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Gold Fever

Goldcorp Inc. arrives in a remote village in Guatemala. Soon follows blown up mountains, despoiled water supplies and broken promises over jobs. As the gold frenzy brings in a profits bonanza for the company, the community launches a powerful resistance struggle. Dynamic and beautiful quality, this film provides a powerful look at the reality of what it means when gold miners dig into the 3rd world.
Online
2016; 2013
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Ixcanul =: Volcán

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"The brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. Immersing viewers in its characters' customs and beliefs, the film chronicles with unblinking realism, a disappearing tradition and a disappearing people."--Container.
DVD
2015
Clemons (Stacks)
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Bones Don't Lie and Don't Forget

After two decades the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG) remains dedicated to the work of listening to bones that "don't lie and don't forget." FAFG's work demands that we revisit chapters of history that have been deemed closed or resolved, and name, one by one, the thousands who were detained and disappeared during the internal armed conflict in Guatemala. Directed by Kim Munsamy.
Online
2015; 2012
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Sayaché, Guatemala [electronic resource]: Exiled Maya People Return Home

This film chronicles the story of Maryknoll missioner Marty Shea as he accompanies Maya farming communities fleeing civil war and massacre by the Guatemalan military in the jungles of El Petén. After more than 20 years in refugee camps in Mexico, today they are gradually returning home with government promises of land-part of an ongoing indigenous rights struggle. The path to livelihood recovery and community reconstruction is arduous, but Maya culture is resilient and returnees hope for a peaceful future.
Online
2015; 2000
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Guatemala [electronic resource]: Holy Week

In "My Americas," Mexican American hosts Roberto Alcaraz and Leticia Vásquez travel into the rich cultural and spiritual life of Latin America in search of their heritage. In this program, Leticia visits the colonial town of Antigua, Guatemala, for Holy Week, with its processions featuring andas, or floats, weighing several tons and carried on the shoulders of locals. She travels to Chichicastenango to meet a weaving cooperative of Maya women who were widowed by the country's long civil war. To learn more about Maya beliefs, she attends a sacred ceremony in which priests pray for world peace. Finally, she helps a local family create a colorful flower petal carpet, the hallmark of Good Friday in Antigua, only to watch their work be trampled by thousands of penitents.
Online
2015; 2004
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Guatemala [electronic resource]: Day of National Unity

In the series, My Americas, Mexican American hosts Roberto Alcaraz and Leticia Vásquez travel into the rich cultural and spiritual life of Latin America in search of their heritage. Maya communities in Guatemala's Petén region have chosen October 12th as a Day of National Unity to promote healing and indigenous rights after the civil war. In this program, Roberto meets a Maya Catholic priest and visits a local radio station founded that broadcasts in three Maya languages. He meets a women's sewing cooperative and learns the importance of their traditional dress and the prejudice they experience when wearing it. Along the Guatemala-Mexico border, he finds a cooperative community threatened by plans to dam the Usumacinta River. In Tikal, he joins a ritual that symbolizes Maya cultural [...]
Online
2015; 2004
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La Jaula de Oro: The Golden Dream

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Juan, Sara, and Samuel, three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala, travel to the United States in search of a better life. On their journey through Mexico, they meet Chauk, an Indian from Chiapas who doesn't speak Spanish. Traveling together in freight trains and walking on railroad tracks, they soon have to face a harsh reality.
DVD
2014; 2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Gold Fever [electronic resource]

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Gold Fever is a hard-hitting documentary about the destructive and exploitative impacts of transnational mining.
Online
2014
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Families of Guatemala: Families of the World

Mariaelena is seven years old and lives on a farm in the mountains of Guatemala with her parents, her brother and sister and her grandmother. Nine-year-old Jorge lives in the city of San Marcos, Guatemala with his twin brother and his 8-year-old nephew as well as his parents.
Online
2014; 2011
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Living on One Dollar

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Four young friends set out to live on just $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala. Armed with only a video camera, they battle hunger, parasites, and extreme financial stress as they attempt to survive life on the edge. An unimaginable reality for most young Americans, the challenges they face are real and plague over 1.1 billion people around the world. While the friends quickly learn there are no easy answers, the generosity and strength of Rosa, a 20 year old woman, and Chino, a 12 year old boy, give them resilient hope that there are effective ways to make a difference.
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Wings of Resistance: The Giant Kites of Guatemala

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"Every year in the highlands of Guatemala, the town of Sumpango celebrates Day of the Dead by flying kites. The kites are massive, the largest measuring 45 feet in diameter. Smaller kites, close 20 feet in height, are flown in a death-defying race down the side of a mountain. From a distance, the kites appear luminous and blissful, but the radiant colors of the kites mask an ominous subtext. On closer inspection, the images on the sails depict people in agony and torment: mutilated bodies, mass burials, kidnappings, and rivers of blood. In graphic illustration, the kites allude to the dark and painful history of Guatemala's 30-year civil war. Originally centered on remembering the dead, the kite festival has become a way for the indigenous community to heal itself from the trauma of [...]
BookDVD
2013
Brown Science and Engineering (Stacks)
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Fiebre del Oro

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International mining company Goldcorp begins operations in a village in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, Guatemala, and disrupts the lives of the villagers.
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Capitan Orellana y la Aldea Endemoniada

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Captain Orellana, a former police investigator now working on his own solving the most impossible mysteries, has been tapped for the wackiest, most dangerous case of his long career. He's hired by the department of health to examine the strange occurrences in a remote village in which many of the villages seem to be... POSSESSED! With 007-like swagger Orellana takes on the challenge. --
Online
2012
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Winds of Memory

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Documentary on the political situation in Guatemala, focused on the indigenous people of Santiago Atitlán. The conflict between the Guerrilla's movement of the Americas and the National Liberation Movement in Guatemala, from the massacre of the "pacification campaign" action of 1981 to the apparent peaceful situation of the present.
DVD
2011; 1992
Clemons (Stacks)
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Sin País

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"With intimate access and striking imagery, Sin País (Without Country) explores one family's experience as they are separated by deportation. Sam and Elida Mejia escaped a violent Civil War in Guatemala and came to California. After raising their family for nearly 20 years in the Bay Area, immigration agents stormed the Mejia's house in 2007. After a passionate fight to stay in the U.S., Sam and Elida are deported back to Guatemala, and leave their two teenage ch[i]ldren in the U.S. This short documentary explores the complexities of the Mejia's new reality: parents living without their children, and children doing their best to succeed without their parents." -- Container.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Killer Coke

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Documentary shorts presented by the activist group "Campaign to Stop Killer Coke" about anti-labor human rights violations perpetrated by Coca-Cola in its international operations in Guatemala, Colombia, etc.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)