Rigoberta Menchu Tum: Mayan Renaissance

“Mayan Renaissance” is a feature length documentary which documents the glory of the ancient Maya civilization, the Spanish conquest in 1519, five hundred years of oppression, and the courageous fight of the Maya to reclaim their voice and determine their own future, in Guatemala and throughout Central America. This elegant, beautiful, and thought provoking film will share their vision for the future, their call for a long-foretold renaissance of Maya culture and wisdom, and their 100 year plan to lead humanity forward, from the year 2012 on.

  • Ivan Suvanjieff
  • Rigoberta Menchu Tum
    Key Cast
  • Adolfo Perez Esquivel
    Key Cast
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    1 hour 9 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 14, 2012
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    United States
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    Black & White and Color
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  • United Nations Forum for Indigenous Issues
    New York City
    May 16, 2012
    World Premiere
  • Colorado Public Television
    Colorado, USA
    July 1, 2012
    TV Premiere
  • The Film Festival of Colorado
    Arvada, Colorado
    July 1, 2012
    Colorado Premiere
    Best Documentary
  • Women’s Film Circle Screening
    Nevada City, CA
    July 17, 2012
    California Premiere
  • Denver Film Society: Women + Film Screening
    Denver, Colorado
    August 21, 2012
    Denver Premiere
  • UNESCO Human Rights Conference
    Storrs-Mansfield, Connecticut
    September 11, 2012
    Connecticut Premiere
  • Unity Center Screenings
    Oslo, Norway
    October 11, 2012
    Norway Premiere
  • UNSPOKEN Human Rights Festival
    Utica, New York
    October 19, 2012
  • Boston Latino International Film Festival
    Boston, Massachusetts
    October 25, 2012
    Massachusetts Premiere
  • Latin American Premiere: UNESCO
    Guatemala City, Guatemala
    October 31, 2012
    Latin American Premiere
  • UNC Campus Screening
    Greeley, Colorado
    November 1, 2012
    Greeley Premeire
  • ícaro Film Festival
    Latin America
    November 17, 2012
  • European Premiere: UNESCO
    Pais Vasco, Spain
    December 8, 2012
    European Premiere
  • Screening and Panel Discussion
    West Michigan University
    December 15, 2012
    Michigan Premiere
  • Love Unlimited Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    December 18, 2012
    Best Sound Mix
  • Summit of Young Indigenous Leaders
    Guatemala City, Guatemala
    December 20, 2012
  • Birth 2012 Film Festival
    December 23, 2012
  • Wild & Scenic Film Festival
    Nevada City, CA
    January 12, 2013
  • Peaceful Uprising Community Screening
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    January 19, 2013
    Utah Premiere
  • Asoguate Community Screening
    Toronto, Canada
    February 1, 2013
    Canada Premiere
  • Producer Presentation
    Navarra, Spain
    February 20, 2013
  • North High School Community Screening
    Denver, Colorado
    March 16, 2013
  • Rutger’s Campus Screening
    New Brunswick, NJ
    March 26, 201
    New Jersey Premiere
  • Digital Media Festival
    April 20, 2013
  • Louisiana International Film Festival
    New Orleans, LA
    April 21, 2013
    Louisiana Premiere
  • Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples
    New York, NY
    May 21, 2013
  • Nobel Women’s Initiative Conference
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
    May 28, 2013
    Ireland Premiere
  • Colorado Independent Women of Film
    Denver, CO
    August 18, 2013
  • Marina Del Rey Film Festival
    Marina Del Rey, CA
    October 16, 2013
  • VI. Ciclo de Cine Centroamericano
    Vienna, Austria
    November 15, 2013
    Austria Premire
  • University of Oregon Screening
    Eugene, Oregon
    January 25, 2015
    Oregon Premiere
  • 2014 Colorado Independent Women of Film
    Denver, CO
    August 15, 2014
Director Biography - DAWN ENGLE

Dawn Gifford Engle is an activist, filmmaker and Co-Founder and Executive Director of the The PeaceJam Foundation, a nonprofit organization led by thirteen Nobel Peace Laureates and a global leader in developing young leaders and engaging adults and youth in their local and global communities.

Dawn began her career as an economist, working 12 years for the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. She was the youngest women ever appointed to serve as Chief of Staff to a U.S. Senator. In 1991, after meeting and befriending the Dalai Lama, she co-founded the Colorado Friends of Tibet, and in 1994, she and husband Ivan Suvanjieff began working together to create the PeaceJam program, which has been recognized internationally for excellence in peace education.

Today, the PeaceJam Foundation is a global organization that has engaged hundreds of thousands of youth in root-cause centered action addressing the most pressing issues facing our world. Dawn now works with a team of 13 Nobel Peace Laureates who have identified 10 core issues that, if addressed though the leadership of the participating Nobel Peace Laureates and the energy of youth, will have a substantial and lasting impact on creating a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world for all. In addition, she co-authored the book, "PEACEJAM: A Billion Simple Acts of Peace", which was published by Penguin in 2008 and directed the award-winning documentary films, 2012: The True Mayan Prophecy and Mayan Renaissance, which is the first in a series of feature length documentaries in PeaceJam’s Nobel Legacy Film Series. Dawn has been nominated eight times for the Nobel Peace Prize herself.

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