|MAXIMÓN - DEVIL OR SAINT|
(Santo o Diablo)
|East Coast Premiere|
|Director: Robert Flanagan, Suzan Al-Doghachi|
Guatemala, 2014, 66min
Format: Digital (screening) - Digital Video (shooting)
Festival Year: 2018
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|Cast: ||Mario Galindo, Abelardo Perez, pbro.|
|Crew: ||Producers: Suzan Al-Doghachi, Robert Flanagan - Screenwriters: Robert Flanagan/ Suzan Al-Doghachi
MAXIMÓN - Devil or Saint (66min.) is a documentary about the controversial Maya deity, also known as the drinking and smoking saint of Guatemala. Maximón is honored and loved because he performs miracles but is also feared because he is used to cast curses that can result in death. Ultimately Maximón transcends the duality of good and evil, reflecting the Maya cosmovision in which everything in the universe co-exists. This documentary gives us a rare view into the rituals and fiestas honoring Maximón.
Robert Flanagan is a filmmaker and visual artist. He has been making movies since childhood, starting with claymation in Super-8, continuing with feature films in 16mm and currently making documentaries on video. In 1990 Robert founded AJAX FILMS in New York City and has been working in Central America since 2000. All of his films and paintings are guided by his personal vision and his interest in bringing the mystical into the light of day.
In his third feature Bird in the Sky Flanagan explored the relationship between good and evil, he has taken this theme even deeper in his current documentary MAXIMÓN – Devil or Saint-Flanagan’s films have been shown throughout the USA and internationally. - Suzan Al-Doghachi is an editor and producer,.