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POPOL VUH - still #1


NY Premiere

Director: Ana Maria Pavez

Chile, 2006, 10 min

Shooting Format:DVCam

Festival Year:2008


Crew:Editor: Ana Maria Pavez, Carlos Munita - Cinematographer: Carlos Munita (animator) - Original Score: Claudio Mercado, La Chimuchina, Proyecto Huaylla-Kepa - Sound: Claudio Mercado - Illustrator: Paloma Valdivia

Sales:Documentary Educational Resources, Watertown, MA, USA - T: 617.926.0491 - F: 617.926.9519


A tale of creation based on "Popul Vuh: the Ancient Stories of the Quiché," written by the indigenous Maya Quiché people after the Spanish Conquest. The vibrant illustrations are taken from Mayan codices, paintings found on vessels, and stones carved with scenes from the "Popul Vuh" between the years 300-900 A.D. Accompanying the narrator is original music performed with pre-Columbian and other ethnographic instruments from the Americas. The text relates solely to the creation of the world and humankind, and gives the viewer a unique look into Mayan culture and history. The story is told in its native Spanish language, with English subtitles.


About the director

Ana María Pavez develops educational materials that teach young children about indigenous peoples. She works for Editorial Amanuta, an imprint in Santiago, Chile, where she has edited and contributed stories to a series of 18 illustrated children's books about indigenous communities. Pavez received her MA in archaeology from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. She lives in Santiago.

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