Explore the rich mythology of the Maya
Over the past 50 years thousands of exquisitely painted Maya vases, almost all looted from royal tombs, have flooded into the world’s public and private collections. These amazing works of art have opened an extraordinary window on the Maya past. But the race to unearth these treasures has destroyed ancient temples and palaces, culminating in the takeover of entire ancient cities by looter armies.
The 96 min. documentary feature film Dance of the Maize God enters the world of the vases to explore the royal life and rich mythology of the Maya, as well as the tangled issues involved in the collection and study of Maya art. The story is told by villagers, looters, archaeologists, scholars, dealers and curators. For each, these vases have a radically different value and meaning.
Dance of the Maize God was produced with major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Screening at museums, universities and film festivals worldwide. Please check the Screenings page.
Dance of the Maize God will be released in the summer of 2017 by Documentary Educational Resources. Please sign up for our mailing list to be informed when the film is released on DVD.
Awards for Dance of the Maize God:
Winner of BEST FILM
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL FILM
Winner of BEST FILM JURY AWARD
THE ARCHAEOLOGY CHANNEL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
ARKHAIOS CULTURAL HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY FILM FESTIVAL
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Winner of BEST ARCHAEOLOGY FILM
INTERNATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL FILM FESTIVAL OF BIDASOA
Winner of SPECIAL AUDIENCE PRIZE