RADIO QMAN TXUN, chronicle of a mayan village

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  • Year: 2005
  • Duration: 52 min
  • Format: HD
  • Languages: Spanish and mam-maya
  • Subtitles: English
  • Sale Rights: To consult
  • Productor: Nahual Producciones
  • Director: Max López, Miguel A. Arnáiz
  • Genre: Social Documentary
  • Music: Jose+
  • Awards: Best documentary.XII Mostra de Cinema Llatinoamericà de Lleida


Todos Santos Cuchumatán is a village of the Mayan Mam culture deep in the Guatemalan altiplano and it holds its local festival just before the elections. Following the threadof the community radio station of Radio Qman Txun, the documentary portrays the life of that community during those intense days.


Todos Santos Cuchumatán is a Maya Mam culture village on the Guatemala  plateau where bank holidays take place during the general elections. By taking local radio station Radio Qman Txun as a guide our documentary works out a portrait of the life in the village during these intense days through the three main carachters point of view: Rosendo, the radio speaker; Cristalina, a young student and Fortunato, an indian countryside teacher who is a candidate to become a deputy. By the three of them's speech (no off voice has been used) the audience will dive into the village's daylife. One will know how emigation to the USA concerns families, women and youth, will find out the Government's misprotection, war wounds and violence as a consequence and democracy as a a
hope for a change.

This audiovisual work for both entertainment and reflexion, and claims to take a look on the complexe Guatemala society and the indian fight for dignity. But above all, it claims to witness tha daily struggle of people commited to their community, their culture, their language and traditions against all odds in a more and more globalized world.

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