Director, Narrator, Editor
Embark on a captivating journey that delves into the essence of Yucatecan Maya life in the 21st century. This feature-length documentary unfolds against the backdrop of Coba, the second largest Maya ceremonial center in the ancient world. From this archaeological marvel, the film ventures deep into the lush jungles and intimate villages, offering a poignant exploration of two indigenous families committed to preserving their rich heritage.
At its core, Beyond the Ruins weaves a tapestry that illuminates the profound interconnectedness of existence, as mirrored in the ancient Maya philosophy of "in lak' ech, a lak' en" — where "I am you; you are me." The film not only resurrects a vibrant but often overlooked culture; it also invites viewers to contemplate the universal lessons embedded in Maya wisdom. Through this evocative lens, audiences discover not only a living legacy but also a source of inspiration to enhance their own quality of life.
In lak' ech; a lak' en
I am you; you are me.
Filming has officially concluded! (February 5th, 2023)
70 Minute Rough-Cut Finished (June 21st)
Picture Lock + Color Finished (September 10th)
Mixing Sound for Stereo + Dolby 5.1 Mixes Complete (October 28th)
Current Stage: Prepping for DCP and awaiting World Premiere Location
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More than three millennia old, Maya culture moves with grace before those who regard it as past history. However, today close to six million individuals form part of this ethnic group, heir to a great tradition that day by day re-creates its identity by incorporating new ways of understanding the world.
The Maya is not merely an archeological legacy, a snapshot frozen in time or an inanimate museum piece. It is also the sum of knowledge, resources, perceptions, attitudes, and relations guiding this collectivity, which is reproduced and connected to an economically uncertain, globalized world in constant transformation.
(Grand Maya World Museum, 2022)