"We never said the world was going to end. This has all come from a media campaign led in the west to spread fear and to keep the true message of our wisdom and culture hidden." - Maya elder Tata Pedro Cruz
Journey into the heart of the Maya today, to discover what their message is for the world. Contemporary society has developed a fascination with the Mayan Calendar, and culture, but we rarely hear the voice of the Maya themselves. Now that the hype of 2012 has passed, learn the true story of the Maya, what their vision is for the New Era and the journey to the return of their rights and culture.
Through the eyes of Tzutujil Mayan Elder Pedro Cruz, we learn of the indigenous struggle to retain the wisdom of the ancient Mayan teachings. With the arrival of the conquistadors, this ignited an era of destruction of Mayan language, culture, and their way of keeping time. Today, there is a movement to bring the message of hope and unity that has been preserved in their teachings for generations to the greater world. We travel with a group of Maya who lead us through ceremonies that share on film for the first time the inner workings of their traditional teachings and the return of the rights to their culture.
This is the return of the ancient wisdom, this is Guatemaya.
Directed, written and produced by Cassidy Rast
Cinematography by Ben Mcintire and Scott Jansson
Additional photography Daniel Barnett and Eduardo Santella
Editing by Roser Segura