Meet the Author with Rigoberta Menchu
Meet the Filmmakers with Rigoberta Menchú and Dawn Engle
In this very special "Meet the Author" 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" is now available for download. You will need Windows Media Player or a player that can play .wmv files.
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.
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 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.