Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  58 minutes
Date:  1989
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; Spanish
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Todos Santos: The Survivors

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Demonstrates how the political turmoil of the 1980s affected this once quiet Guatemalan village.

Todos Santos: The Survivors

After five years of traumatic bloodshed and political violence in Guatemala, filmmaker Olivia Carrescia returns to look at the dramatic situation of the village she had documented in TODOS SANTOS CUCHUMATAN and its struggle to survive and maintain its cultural identity against a background of economic hardships, social and religious change, and violence between the army and guerilla forces for control of the area.

TODOS SANTOS: THE SURVIVORS goes on to demonstrate how the political turmoil affected this once quiet community. Farming and seasonal migration patterns have been altered. Many have fled to Guatemala City, while others are refugees in Mexico. The remaining males aged 15 to 60 are forced into civilian patrols as part of the army's counter-insurgency plan. Villagers who once spoke freely with outsiders are now afraid to talk at all.

A haunting look underneath the silence which blankets much of Guatemala today, TODOS SANTOS: THE SURVIVORS documents the legacy of a bloody civil war, and the wounds that remain unhealed even after the guns have stopped firing.

'An excellent teaching tool for courses in sociology, anthropology or political science.'-Allan F Burns, Professor of Anthropology, University of Florida

'Something extremely rare in anthropological film... An unsual grasp of the forces which connect political brutality and social change.'- Elizabeth Weatherford, Curator, Film and Video Center, Museum of the American Indian

'A very moving experience... A very accurate description of what happened in the Guatemalan highlands during the 1980's.'- Arturo Arias, Guatemalan novelist


** Blue Ribbon Winner, 1990 American Film and Video Festival


Main credits

Carrescia, Olivia Lucia (film director)
Carrescia, Olivia Lucia (film producer)
Carrescia, Olivia Lucia (film editor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Vincent Galindez, Kyle Kibbe.

Distributor credits

A Film by Olivia Carrescia

Docuseek2 subjects

Central America
Latin American History
Indigenous Studies
Economic Anthropology
Cultural and Ethnic Studies
Cultural Anthropology

Distributor subjects

Central America
Cultural Anthropology
Economic Sociology
Human Rights
Latin American Studies


Todos; Santos; Olivia; Carrescia; Maya; Mayan; indians; highlands; mountains; civil; war; violence; change; documentary; film; video; Guatemalan; "Todos Santos: The Survivors"; Icarus Films;

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