Running Time: 29 minutes
Bruce Roscoe, John de Graaf
"A compelling and optimistic portrayal that gives voice to the Maya past and present,
and dramatizes the power of historical and cultural survival."
- Professor James Loucky, Guatemala Scholars Network
"Return of the Maya is a very accessible introduction to the Mayan Indian Guatemalan refugees in Mexico, and a highly
useful tool for both educators and activists."
- Rob Haberman, Coordinator, Guatemala Solidarity Organization
"Recommended. Outline(s) the terrible situation of the Guatemalan refugees in understandable human terms."
- Video Librarian
"Useful for classes in world affairs, sociology, and South American studies."
- School Library Journal
A millennium ago the Maya were one of the most advanced civilizations on earth.
But for the last 500 years they have been treated as second-class citizens in their own land.
In the last decade, more than 100,000 have fled their homes in Guatemala to escape violent repression.
After portraying the plight of the Mayans, the
video tells the unusual story of how these refugees are rediscovering
their heritage. Near a spartan refugee camp in Mexico is the ancient
Mayan city of Edzna. Working with archaeologists, refugees are
excavating the elaborate ruins of their ancestors.