Mystery of the Maya

Mystery of the Maya

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Deep within the jungles of Mexico and Guatemala and extending into the limestone shelf of the Yucatan peninsula lie the fabled pyramids, temples and palaces of the Maya. While Europe still slumbered in the Dark Ages, these innovative people had charted the heavens, evolved the only true writing system native to the Americas and had made tremendous strides in mathematics and calendrics.

Without metal tools, beasts of burden or even the wheel, the Maya were able to construct vast cities. Filmed at numerous sacred sites throughout Central America, Mystery of the Maya explores the culture, science and history of this fascinating people.

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Mystery of the Maya, Barrie Howells & Roberto Rochin, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Barrie Howells
    Roberto Rochin
  • producer
    Barrie Howells
  • executive producer
    Don Haig
    Mark Zannis
    Frank Corcoran
    Georgina Balzarreti
  • script
    Oscar Montero
    Barrie Howells
  • photography
    Savas Kalogeras
  • sound
    Yves Gendron
    Louis Marion
  • editing
    Michael McKennirey
  • sound editing
    André Galbrand
    Danuta Klis
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
    Serge Boivin
  • animation
    Mario Noviello
  • narrator
    Susan Glover
  • music
    Larry Crosley
  • cast
    Nicolas Alonso
    Blanca Guerra
    Javier Viesca
    François Tormos
    Oscar Traven
    Juan Antonio Llanes
    Juan Carlos Colombo
    Alberto Ruz