Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth


Additional Film Info

Umbrella Films
With the participation of ZDF/3sat and ITVS
Germany, USA 98Mins, Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1, HDCAM
Available Languages: English, French, Italian, Chinese, German, Spanish

Synopsis & Trailer

HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH allows the Maya of today to answer, following six young Maya in Guatemala and Chiapas through their daily and ceremonial life, revealing their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment. As corporations go to the ends of the earth to extract all value, all resources, they put forth a wholly indigenous perspective in their own words, without narration. Each story touches upon a facet of the current global crisis.

Beautifully filmed over years, the intimate accounts of the protagonists interweave with images associated with the fragile beauty of nature and the creation myth of the Popol Vuh. Ruins of a former Mayan civilization stand in the background as harbingers of our own possible fate. The Maya, like many indigenous people, believe they are the guardians of the Earth. Their cosmovision, in which all life is sacred and interconnected, presents a deeply compelling alternative to the prevailing worldview.

Directors, Producers and Crew

Directors/Producers: Erick Black, Frauke Sandig
Featuring: Josefa »Chepita« Hernández Pérez, Floridalma Pérez González, Carlos Chan K’in Chanuk, Kajkan Felipe Mejía Sepet, Alonso Mendez
Cinematography: Erick Black
Assistant Director: Florina Mendoza
Editing: Grete Jentzen
Sound: Dirk Jacob
Sound Assistant: Roque Hernandez
Line Producer: Brigit Mulders
Color Grading: Matthias Behrens


IDFA Amsterdam (Masters Section, Most important documentary festival worldwide)
Planet in Focus, Toronto (First Prize in N. America’s largest environmental film festival)
Festival Internacional de Cine de los Derechos Humanos, Bolivia (First prize, the Pukañawi award)
RIDM, Terres en Vues, Montréal, Canada
(Best Documentary, First Prize Cinematography and the Second Teueikan Prize)
Darßer NaturfilmFestival, Germany (Audience’s Favorite Award)
Dreamspeakers Forth World Film Festival, Alberta, Canada (People's Choice Award)
Cowichan International Aboriginal Film Festival, Canada (People's Choice Award)
Cine Latino Film Festival, Chicago (2nd Audience’s Choice Award)
International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva (Special Jury Mention)
Festival Int. de Cine de Derechos Humanos, Buenos Aires, (Special Jury Mention)
DocsDF, Mexico City, Mexico (Special Mention)
Festival de Cine Verde de Barichara, Colombia (Closing Night Film)
Cinema Planeta, Cuernavaca, Mexico (Closing night film)
Native Spirit Festival, London (Opening Film)
Festival Int. de Cine de Derechos Humanos, Moron, Argentina, (Opening Film)
Muestra de Cine Internacional Memoria Verdad Justicia, Guatemala (Opening Film)
Dok Leipzig, Germany
Festival International del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Havana, Cuba
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Greece
Planete Doc, Warsaw, Poland
ZagrebDox, Zagreb, Croatia
Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse, France
Documentarist, Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul Documentary Days -Which Human Rights Film Festival, Turkey
Nar Film Festival in Gaziantep, SE Turkey
Taiwan International Documentary Festival
Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico
Addis International Film Festival, Ethiopia
Vancouver International F Festival, BC, Canada
Mill Valley International F Festival, S.F. California
ECOcine, Portugal
FICMA Barcelona, Spain
Festival International de Cine de los Derechos Humanos, Mexico City
Cinema Ambulante, El Salvador
Amnesty International Reel Awareness Human Rights Film Festival, Toronto
Boom Festival, Portugal
Tofino Film Festival, Vancouver Island, Canada
Think Tank Cinema Festival, Fernie, BC, Canada
Sunshine Coast F Festival, Gibson, BC Canada
World Community Film Festival, BC, Canada
FilmTagen Luzern: Menschenrechte Festival, Switzerland
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Washington DC
Borneo Eco Film Festival, Malaysia
Semana de los Derechos Humanos: Sabana, San José, Costa Rica
Festival Int. du Cinéma d. peuples Ânûû-rû âboro
Cleveland Film Festival, Ohio
Todos Santos F.Festival, Baja California, Mexico
Bellingham Human Rights F F, Washington State
Cine Las Americas, Austin, Texas
Nonfiktionale Festival des Dokumentarischen Films, Bad Aibling, Germany
Int. Film Festival of Barranquilla, Colombia
Ecozine Film Festival Festival Internacional de Cine y Medio Ambiente de Zaragoza, Spain
Schwerin Filmkunstfest, Germany
Muestra Internacional de Cine con Perspectiva de Género, Mexico City
FISH-Festival, Rostock, Germany
Eco Doc European Film F Palic, Subotica, Serbia
Festival Internacional de Cine, Santa Cruz,Bolivia
Festival Madre Tierra: La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, El Alto and Cobija, Bolivia
Arlington Int. Film Festival, Massachusetts
Nepal Int. Indigenous Film Festival, Kathmandu
Miami & the Beaches Festival, Florida
Dreamspeakers Film Festival, (First Nations) Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
San Francisco Green F Festival California
San Francisco Latino F Festival California
Amnesty International Traveling Festival
Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival
Malmo International Film Festival, Sweden
Sydney Latino Film Festival. Australia
Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York City
World Film Festival,Ontario, Canada
CRiterio Ambiental Film Festival, Costa Rica
Yalıkavak Film Festival, Bodrum, Turkey
Rassegna Int. del Cinema Archeologico, Italy
Cambridge Film Festival, England
Biindigaate Film Festival, Ontario, Canada
Baikal Int. Film Festival Irkutsk, Siberia,Russia