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Mayan Renaissance

Mayan Renaissance is a 2012 American documentary film by director Dawn Engle about the Maya peoples of Guatemala and Central America. It describes the ancient Maya civilization, the conquest by Spain during the 1520s, hundreds of years of oppression, and the modern struggle by Mayans for self-determination and a Mayan renaissance.

Mayan Renaissance
Mayan Renaissance (2012 film) title frame.jpg
Film title credit
Directed by Dawn Engle
Produced by PeaceJam
Written by Dawn Engle
Starring Rigoberta Menchú
Adolfo Pérez Esquivel
Rosalina Tuyuc
Jody Williams
Release date
  • May 16, 2012 (2012-05-16)
Running time
68 minutes
Country United States and Guatemala
Language English and Spanish,
with subtitles

Its première screening at the United Nations Headquarters was on 16 May 2012[1] and its broadcast première on Colorado Public Television was on 6 June 2012.[2][3]

The film contains interviews of 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rigoberta Menchú, a Mayan indigenous rights activist and politician, and other Guatemalan and foreign contributors. It was awarded the Best Colorado Filmmaker Documentary Award at The Film Festival of Colorado in July 2012. The documentary is the first of a planned ten-part Nobel Legacy Film Series.[4]



Additional castEdit

  • José Basillas
  • Benjamin Borjes
  • Anibal Garcia
  • Sandra Monterroso
  • José Antonio Otaolaurruchi
  • Fernando Rodas
  • David Rutherford (voice)


  1. ^ UN Premiere of Mayan renaissance Archived 2013-07-02 at the Wayback Machine. PeaceJam. Retrieved: 2012-09-22.
  2. ^ Mayan Renaissance – Program Details Colorado Public Television. Retrieved: 2012-09-22.
  3. ^ Mayan Renaissance[permanent dead link] Colorado Public Television. Retrieved: 2012-09-22.
  4. ^ Synopsis Mayan Renaissance. Retrieved: 2012-09-22.

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