Friday, November 15, 2013
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Heart Of Sky, Heart Of Earth, 98.00, Eric Black, Frauke Sandig
Silver Chris Award (Best In Division) Central Ohio Green Education Fund Award
“It is quite possible our great corporations will succeed in finishing Nature off …and expel the Indigenous from their lands. On the other hand, resistance is growing. Many young Maya say the world will not go under. It will start anew, but we all have to fight for it, here and now.
If one is searching for impressive evidence of this tenacious determination, Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth is it.”
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 life, 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, they put forth a wholly indigenous perspective in their own words, without narration. Each story touches upon a facet of the current global crisis.
Beautifully filmed over years, the intimate accounts of the protagonists interweave with images associated with the fragile beauty of nature and the creation myth of the Popol Vuh. Ruins of a former Mayan civilization stand in the background as harbingers of our own possible fate. The Maya, like many indigenous people, believe they are the guardians of the Earth. Their cosmovision, in which all life is sacred and interconnected, presents a deeply compelling alternative to the prevailing worldview.
Admission is $5, free for students and CIF+VF members. Parking is free in CCAD lots.
This screening was made possible with support from the Central Ohio Green Education Fund, the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.