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Unrecorded Spirits: At the End of the Mayan Calendar

Unrecorded Spirits: At the End of the Mayan Calendar
130 St. George Street, Media Commons Theatre
Time: Nov 24th, 6:00 pm End: Nov 24th, 9:00 pm
Interest Categories: Linguistics (FAS), Ethnography, Cinema, Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-
Film Screening

The Visual Ethnography Group in the Department of Anthropology presents

Unrecorded Spirits: At the End of the Mayan Calendar

Free Private Preview Screening and Discussion sponsored by the Visual Ethnography Group
6:00-9:00pm, Media Commons Theatre, Robarts Library, 130 St. George St.

Join the Visual Ethnography Group for a private preview screening of Fotis Kanteres' Unrecorded Spirits, followed by a discussion with the director.

Unrecorded Spirits: At the End of the Mayan Calendar is a feature length documentary film exploring the indigenous Mayan K'iché community of Nahualá in the time leading to December 21st 2012, the End of the Sacred Mayan Calendar, a 5,200-year event. Directed by Fotis Kanteres, an anthropologist and epidemiologist who has worked in the region since 2005, the film provides an unprecedented experience of this classically remote culture, through life and ceremony with locals, elders, leaders and healers, during the singular period of one of the great civilizations of human history. Located in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, Nahualá is considered to be the center of the Mayan world, having continued the culture and language since its possible inception, through centuries of colonization, the violence of the decades long civil war, and current socioeconomic degradation. They may now find themselves facing the greatest threat to their culture and way of life, where the close of their calendar may not be the ‘End of the World' but the end of theirs.

Fotis Kanteres is an epidemiologist, anthropologist, writer, photographer, linguist and filmmaker who has worked and studied in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa. He has conducted field research projects in Namibia (HIV/AIDS), and Guatemala on behalf of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the University of Toronto. His long- term research project in Guatemala (2005-2012) focused on malnutrition, alcohol abuse and domestic violence among Mayan K'iché in the Western Highlands; including collaboration with local and government organizations and individuals. This research has resulted in several peer reviewed scientific publications, as well as provided the basis for film projects, which lead to acceptance and guidance at the Werner Herzog Rogue Film School (Los Angeles 2012).

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact Jessika Tremblay at ethnography.lab@utoronto.ca

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