The Maya Heritage

The ethnographic travel documentary will tell the story of globalisation when people no longer live in closed communities but in a melting pot where various traditions, ideologies, and religions blend and clash.

Prologue: CIESAS- work or life

     We go to Chiapas to CIESAS in San Cristobal. We can take pictures about work W. Jacorzynski, when he is teaching students, meeting friends, visiting Indians... Witek holds the view that our film should give an answer to the following question: Is it worth conserving the traditional culture of Indians if its representatives do not want to do so? 
We show the story of clan Passinsa. They were born in the village of Chimtik, Chenalho municipality, in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Their native culture is that of the Tzotzil Indians. Inhabitants of Chimtik speak Tzotzil, one of the Mayan languages. The village had converted to Presbyterianism in the 1950s Interviews with members of the clan.
Doctors and patients- new anthropology, Juan, Estella's brother, whom Witold calls a hybrid person, takes her to see a doctor in Tuxla. The doctor talks to his patient, and tells Juan about sister's illness. Along the way we visit a lot of doctors and hospitals where she had to stay but she couldn't because they didn't have money. Witold presents the results of his research so far. We have to come back in six months and filming next lots of patient.

Commentary: Witold Jacórzyński
Camera operator: Artur Sochan
Editor: Anna Sieradzka- Kubacka
Sound editor: Janusz Borysiak
Translator: Karol Bajer
Directed by: Małgorzata Szyszka
Production: Association GPTM,
and TVC JJ, 

Duration: 30 minutes

Language: English, Polish


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