Screening of documentary Dance of the Maize God and Q&A by documentary director David Lebrun
- Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
- Strand Union Building - view map
Over the past 50 years, thousands of exquisitely painted Maya vases, most looted from tombs, have flooded into public and private collections. These amazing works of art opened an extraordinary window on the Maya past, but the race to unearth these treasures has destroyed ancient cities. Dance of the Maize God enters the world of the vases to explore ancient Maya life and mythology, as well as the tangled issues involved in the collection and study of looted art. The story is told by villagers, looters, archaeologists, dealers and curators. For each, these vases hold a different value and meaning.
Filmmaker David Lebrun was born in Los Angeles in 1944. He attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon and the UCLA Film School. He came to film from a background in philosophy and anthropology, and many of his films have been attempts to get inside the way of seeing and thinking of specific cultures. He has served as producer, director, writer, cinematographer, animator and/or editor of more than sixty films, among them films on the Mazatec Indians of Oaxaca, Mexican folk artists, a 1960s traveling commune, Tibetan mythology and a year in the life of a Maya village. He edited the Academy-award winning feature documentary Broken Rainbow, about the Hopi and Navajo of the American Southwest.
- Cristina Pop