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2020, Shudder, 97 min, Guatemala, Dir: Jayro Bustamante

Accused of the genocide of Mayan people, retired general Enrique (Julio Diaz) is trapped in his home by massive protests. Abandoned by his staff, the indignant old man and his family must face the devastating truth of his actions and the growing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes. Acclaimed filmmaker Jayro Bustamante presents an urgent and frightening reimagining of the iconic Latin American fable. In Spanish and Maya with English subtitles.

2015, Kino Lorber, 93 min, Guatemala/France, Dir: Jayro Bustamante

IXCANUL follows María, a young Mayan woman, who lives with her parents on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. María awaits her fated arranged marriage but an unplanned pregnancy sets off a series of events, each one more surprising and revealing than the next. Evocative of Werner Herzog films, Jayro Bustamante’s directorial debut captures the lush Guatemalan landscape and casts a brilliant group of nonprofessional actors. In Maya and Spanish with English subtitles.

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