Works from Casa Comal: School of Film and Television in Guatemala
The inauguration of Casa Comal in 2006 represented an important step forward for the film community in Central America. The school has received worldwide recognition for its work in building a film and audiovisual industry in the Central American region with filmmakers who are committed to the pursuit of cinema as an art form and as a medium for social development. The directors of Casa Comal have also been instrumental in the formation of Festival ÍCARO: International Central American Film Festival, which is an important showcase of films from the region, along with international titles.
In addition, Casa Comal plays a crucial role in supporting emerging indigenous filmmakers from Guatemala by offering workshops, training and access to equipment. each year, a special section of Festival ÍCARO is devoted to the presentation and discussion of works by Mayan filmmakers.
The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival is proud to present these works from Casa Comal, including the feature film
Toque de queda and a series of short films by Mayan directors.
Short Films by Mayan Filmmakers:
La canasta (The Basket)
Dir: edgar Chitop/ 5’.30’’
Dir: Josefina Cuxl Xuc/ 7’.50’’
Dir: Ramón elías Quiñonez/ 8’
Dir: José Fernando Cum Marín/ 4’
Q’ omaneel (The healer)
Dir: Cleida Cholotio/ 9’
Nanimaj Chik (To Grow up Again)
Dir: elvis Caj/ 5’
Ru k’ux Qawa’ (On the Comal)
Dir: Leyzer Chiquin Chó / Berta Lidia Chirix/ 5’