Gods and Kings # 218

Gods and Kings

15:15, Saturday 15th June, Museum Auditorium

rai 218 gods-and-kings

  • Director/Anthropologist: Robin Blotnick, Jubilee Films, Garrett Cook,Rachel Lears
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Duration: 87 mins
  • Country of Production: USA
  • Location: Guatemala
  • Ethnic Group: K'iche Maya
  • Language: English, Spanish, Maya-K'iche (English)

At a festival in a sleepy Guatemalan mountain town, traditional dances are disrupted by an eerie spectacle where horror movie monsters dance beside Maya gods and Cold War dictators. As old and new masqueraders compete for attention in the town center, the audience confronts a strange history that links Guatemala with the US, magic with pop culture, and religion with burlesque entertainment.

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Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival will be held from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 16 June 2013 in Edinburgh, hosted by National Museums Scotland and the STAR consortium. Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Over 60 new films will be screened alongside a conference 'New Observations' and a selection of special events and workshop about art & anthropology and the use of archival film.

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