Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mayan Renaissance

One of the joys of the Starz Denver Film Festival is the opportunity to see documentaries. It is also one of the joys of having the Denver Film Center on Colfax, is the opportunity to see documentaries is year-round in Denver.

One of those opportunities is Tuesday, August 21. As part of the Women + Film series the Center will screen a brand new feature-length documentary, Mayan Renaissance. Post production on the film was just completed in May of this year by Colorado filmmaker and Peace Jam founder Dawn Gifford Engle. Ms Engle will be at the 7:00 P.M. screening.

The documentary traces the history and celebrates the culture of the Mayan people of Central America. If you have ever been to the Yucatan and visited the historic sites of Chichen Itza, Tikal or Uxmal you can appreciate the Mayan art, architecture, mathematics and astronomy.

Mayan Renaissance has only had one screening in Colorado and that was in June at the Film Festival of Colorado in Olde Towne Arvada. The screening the Denver Film Center should afford and opportunity for a wider audience.

I encourage you to attend the screening. Documentaries in general do not get the attention they deserve and so it is important to support the form however and whenever possible. They are powerful tools for storytelling. Interestingly, Colorado and Denver in particular is home to two Oscar winning documentarians: Daniel Junge for Saving Face and Donna Dewey for Saving Face.

Women + Film is a year-round program showcasing films by, for, and about women.

Check out the Women + Film and the screening of the Mayan Renaissance

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