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Television Premiere of "Mayan Renaissance"
Posted 6/7/2012 at 7:27 AM by Jes W in HQ News
Affiliate: PeaceJam HQ
Last night was the television premiere of PeaceJam's new film, "Mayan Renaissance." This is the first film in the Nobel Legacy Film Series which will document work of the 13 Nobel Peace Laureates who are members of the PeaceJam Foundation.

“Mayan Renaissance” is a feature length film which documents the glory of the ancient Maya civilization, the Spanish conquest in 1519, five hundred years of oppression, and the courageous fight of the Maya to reclaim their voice and determine their own future, in Guatemala and throughout Central America. This elegant, beautiful, and thought provoking film will share their vision for the future, their call for a long-foretold renaissance of Maya culture and wisdom, and their 100 year plan to lead humanity forward, from the year 2012 on.

The film stars 1992 Nobel Peace Laureate and Maya leader Rigoberta Menchu Tum. All of the images, voices, expert commentary and music in the film come directly from Central America, from the heart of the Mayan world.

Check out this great Denver Post article about the film below.

For more information on the film, click here. wrote:
Last month, PeaceJam co-founders and nascent filmmakers Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff received a standing ovation at the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City after a screening of their film “Mayan Renaissance.”

The documentary, airing on Colorado Public Television tonight (June 6, 7 p.m. Channel 12.1) recounts the history of the Mayan people — from their cultural inventions, to their subjugation by the Spanish, to a more recent push in Guatemala to create a political movement and party.

In 2007 and 2011, Engle and Suvanjieff traveled to the Central American nation to cover Guatemala’s national elections, in which laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum ran for president.

Read the full Denver Post article here.

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Dawn E wrote:
And for all of you who could not watch the film because of the crazy "National Weather Alert" messages that keep interrupting the program, have no fear -- Colorado Public Television is going to reschedule the show! Hooray!
posted 6/7/2012 at 10:19 AM