TAC International Film and Video Festival Breaking the Maya Code


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The complex and beautiful Maya hieroglyphic script was, until recently, the world’s last major un-deciphered writing system. Breaking the Maya Code is the story of the 200 year struggle, often hampered by misconceptions and rivalries, that has ultimately unlocked the secrets of one of mankind’s great civilizations and re-connected modern Maya with their extraordinary past. It’s an epic tale that leads from the jungles of Guatemala to the snows of Russia, from ancient Maya temples to the dusty libraries of Dresden and Madrid. The film is based on the book of the same title by Michael Coe, called by the NY Times “one of the great stories of twentieth century scientific discovery.”




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Length: 116 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Producer: David Lebrun, Night Fire Films
Producer website: www.nightfirefilms.org
Distributor: Night Fire Films
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Festival Screenings and Awards:

The Maya Meetings, University of Texas, Austin, 2008
International Festival of Films on Art, Montreal, Canada, 2008
Cinarchaea International Archaeology Film Festival, Kiel, Germany, 2008
Maui Film Festival, Hawaii, 2008
De Young Museum, San Francisco, 2008
ARTE France TV, 2008
Audience Award for Best Documentary, Red Rock Film Festival, St. George, Utah
Festival Grand Prize, Arkeolan: International Archaeological Film Festival of the Bidasoa, Irun, Spain, 2008
Santa Fe Film Festival, New Mexico, 2008