Meet the Filmmakers: Rigoberta Menchu


Saturday, April 16
13 Chicchan / Kan
1:30pm PST
4:30pm EST/10:30pm CET

Meet the Filmmakers with Rigoberta Menchú and Dawn Engle

A special rate for students!

Authors are not the only people you'll get to meet in the Mayan Calendar Portal "Meet the Artist" series!  In this very special "Meet the Filmmakers" event, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum joins Executive Director of Peace Jam, Dawn Engle, to discuss their latest collaboration: a documentary titled "2012: The True Mayan Prophecy(see Film Summary below for more info).

"Meet the Filmmakers" with Rigoberta Menchú and Dawn Engle will take place Saturday, April 16, at 1:30 pm PST, 4:30 pm EST and 10:30 pm CET, online, right on your desktop.  Moderated by Mayan Calendar Portal producer Birgitte Rasine, the session will last approximately one hour and will be dedicated almost entirely to your questions and comments.

All you need to attend is an Internet connection and either a telephone or you can use your computer's audio system to listen and participate.  You may also want to see the film before the event, which we highly recommend!


For the general public other than MCP Members, MCP "Meet the Artist" sessions carry a small fee of $9 each to cover the costs of hosting and production. However, we are offering the special rate of $1.99 for high school, college and university students as we firmly believe our young people should not miss this opportunity to speak directly with the only Mayan woman to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize.  

Please click on the "add to cart" button below to complete the purchase and register for the event.

Please also note: if you have purchased an annual Mayan Calendar Portal membership, you can attend ALL "Meet the Artist" events for FREE.  As an MCP member, you can pre-register by logging into your account and clicking on the "Meet the Artist" registration links page in your MCP Member Benefits menu on the left.

If you're not currently a member and would like to join, visit the MCP Membership page to read about other benefits that MCP membership gives you.

Space is limited so sign up today!

Film Summary:
2012: The True Mayan Prophecy is a 49-minute documentary that has been described as part History Channel lesson, part man-on-the-street footage and part expert interview.  Featured are interviews with Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Rigoberta Menchú and a group of Mayan elders to discuss what they think the 2012 end-of-days scenario means; the film incorporates footage shot over fifteen years of working with Nobel Prize winners during PeaceJam events.

Presenter Biographies:
In 1992, Rigoberta Menchú Tum was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work for the rights of the Maya of Guatemala and native people everywhere.  She was the first Indian ever to receive the award and one of only a handful of women.  In 1996, Rigoberta’s non-violent work, along with the efforts of many other activists, helped lead to a peace accord in Guatemala. This agreement ended Guatemala’s 36-year civil war and gave many rights back to the Mayan people.

Dawn Gifford Engle has a background in public service. She worked for the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. for twelve years.  In 1994, she founded the Colorado Friends of Tibet, a statewide non-profit organization.  In 1996, she and Ivan Suvanjieff launched the PeaceJam program, which she serves as Executive Director.  The recipient of dozens of awards, Dawn was the co-director of the award-winning documentary film, ‘PEACEJAM’, produced four hours of programming for BBC World, and co-authored the book ‘Simple Acts of Peace’.   ’2012: The True Mayan Prophecy’ is her first solo directing effort.