Latin American Film Series
Latin American Film Series

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Angie Maland
Anthropology Dept
January 18, 2007

“The Devil's Dream: A film about Guatemala” (1991)
Directed by Mary Ellen Davis (Canada)
58 min.

This film explores ethnic and class tensions in Guatemala, near the end of that country's 30 year civil war. It closely documents the roots of economic and political oppression, with attention to the burgeoning civil society movement, which played a key role in bringing the armed conflict to an end in 1996. Centered on the political murder of a poor Maya subsistence farmer, the film presents a diverse range of perspectives--from powerful military and economic elites, to religious, student and ethnic leaders and movements. The voice of criticism comes through sharply in the presentation of the Dance of the 24 Devils, a traditional religious pageant which serves as a vehicle for protest and expression of injustice.

Discussion session: Dr. Jamie McKenzie
Department of Anthropology
University of Lethbridge

Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery

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