Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth (Corazón del Cielo, Corazón de la Tierra)

The location of the world’s largest—and possibly toxic—gold-mine pit, Guatemala is also the homeland of the Maya and their decidedly holistic cosmology. This kaleidoscopically beautiful documentary follows the daily and ceremonial lives of six articulate young Maya as they struggle to maintain their way of life.


Eric Black & Frauke Sandig





Running Time

98 mins 

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SFGFF Film Program:

Heart_of_Sky.jpegThe ancient Maya believed our present world would end and a new cycle would arise after 5125 years. What lay behind the myth of the Mayan calendar? It did not envision that the sky would fall or the oceans collapse. The film follows six young Maya in Guatemala and Chiapas through their daily and ceremonial lives. They provide an indigenous perspective in their own words. Their vision of a world in which life is sacred and interconnected presents a compelling alternative to the prevailing worldview. As corporations attempt to extract all value fro Earth’s natural resources, these Maya reveal their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment, believing they are the guardians of the Earth. Where the West has focused on the end of the wold, they understand their calendar as the closing of a circle, as a way to a new beginning, as a last call to save earth.

Screening: June 05, 2013 at New People Cinema. SF Premiere. In celebration of UN World Environment Day 2013.

Discussion with: Megan Whelan, US Operations Coordinator, Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) and Mayan Elders.