Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth


Year: 2011
Run Time: 98 minutes

From the Mayan creation story the Popol Vuh, we know that “Heart of Sky” is the world’s maker, part of the Mayan cosmovision of oneness with nature. This exquisitely beautiful film introduces us to present-day Mayans, from the highlands of Chiapas to the Lacandon Jungle, who are convinced that humans have forgotten how to live in balance. Keen observers of the modern interplay of economics and nature, they are distraught by the change of weather and the destruction of the earth. We meet a peaceful people – mistreated for centuries – who protest the Guatemalan authorities’ razing of a holy mountain to mine for gold (the miners’ use of cyanide is causing skin rashes and poisoning the water). The Popol Vuh tells about wooden men with no souls who once ruled but became so selfish that they were destroyed. HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH is a lyrical call for us to heed the wisdom of the ancients before it’s too late. (In Spanish and Maya with subtitles) – B.B.

Frauke Sandig, Eric Black

Frauke Sandig, Eric Black

Frauke Sandig, Eric Black

Eric Black

Grete Jentzen

Director Bio
Eric Black was born in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated with a triple-major in Photography, Political Economy, and Anthropology with Honors from the University of California. Frauke Sandig was born in Germany. After studying Drama and German Literature in Erlangen, she worked as a television producer and documentary director.

Select Filmography
"After the Fall" (1999), "Frozen Angels" (2005), HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH (2011)

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Umbrella Films



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