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The ancient Maya believed this present world would end and a new cycle arise after 5125 years.
How does the story end? Does the water change color? Do the oceans collapse? Does the sky fall as the last tree is cut?
Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth allows the Maya of today to answer, following six young Maya in Guatemala and Chiapas through their daily and ceremonial lives, revealing their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment. As corporations go to the ends of the earth to extract all value, all resources, the subjects put forth a wholly indigenous perspective in their own words, without narration. Each story touches upon a facet of the current global crisis. The Maya, like many indigenous people, believe they are the guardians of the earth.
Filmed over years, the story weaves intimate accounts of the protagonists with images documenting the fragile beauty of nature and the mytho-historical narratives known as the Popol Vuh. Ruins of a former Maya civilization stand in the background as harbingers of our own possible fate.
Written and Directed by Frauke Sandig and Eric Black // Camera: Black // Directors’ Assistant: Florina Mendoza // Editor: Grete Jentzen // Additional Scenes: Silke Botsch// Line Producer: Brigit Mulders // Sound Design: Dirk Jacob // Soundmix: Martin Grube // Music: Arturo Pantaleón, Götz Naleppa, Zoe Keating, Sak Tzevul, José Luis Vaca “Chelo”, Grading & Post Production: Matthias Behrens, wave-line // Commissioning Editor: Nicole Baum.
An Umbrella Films Production with ZDF/3SAT, funded by FFA, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, ITVS, EED and EZEF, copyright: Eric Black und Frauke Sandig Umbrella Films 2011, German Distributor: Piffl Medien GmbH, World Sales: Film Republic