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Out of the Maya Tombs

Directed by: David Lebrun

2014 | USA | 96 minutes


Sunday, January 28, 2018, 1pm

Free Admission + Q&A with the filmmaker!

Thousands of exquisitely painted ancient Maya ceramics have flooded into the world’s public and private collections. Their images and texts have opened windows onto Maya life, literature, mythology, and history. But because most of these vessels came to light by looting, they also raise profound practical and ethical questions. From the producer of Breaking the Maya Code, Out of the Maya Tombs will use the story of a single Maya vase, “the Royal Cup,” as a framing device. Following its journey from its ancient life as a royal gift, its burial in a royal grave, its modern discovery, and its ultimate exhibition, the film will examine both the wide-ranging strategies by which scholarship has illuminated the meaning of these vessels, and the ethical issues involved in their excavation, collection, and study.

A Q&A with director David Lebrun to follow the screening, moderated by Catharina Santasilia, PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at UC Riverside. 

No reservations are required. Seating is first come, first serve. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to screening time to ensure a seat.

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