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Ixcanul

Directed by Jayro Bustamente

Guatemala, 2015

HOME, 12 April 2016

Ixcanul

This nuanced, intelligent film makes you aware of the distance between the Mayan people and Spanish speaking Guatemalan officials.

There is a young woman, Maria, whose family, poor Mayan tenant farmers, work on a coffee plantation. The foreman, a Spanish speaker, wants to marry her but she has her eye on someone else, one of the migrant workers. A strong bond exists between Maria and her mother.

María Telon’s performance as the girl’s mother is extraordinary. She sees everything clearly, this elderly woman who is in thrall to none, not even to their shaman. And she loves her daughter dearly.

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