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Fotis Kanteres
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Fotis Kanteres is an epidemiologist, anthropologist, writer, photographer, linguist and filmmaker who has worked and studied in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa. He has conducted field research projects in Namibia (HIV/AIDS), and Guatemala on behalf of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the University of Toronto. His long-term research project in Guatemala (2005 to 2011) focused on malnutrition, alcohol abuse and domestic violence among Mayan K’iché in the Western Highlands and involved collaboration with local and government organizations and individuals. This research has resulted in several peer-reviewed scientific publications and provided the basis for film projects, which led to acceptance and guidance at the Werner Herzog Rogue Film School (Los Angeles 2012). All work can be explored at fotiskanteres.com.

Blog Entries by Fotis Kanteres

Life in Mayan Guatemala After the End of the World: Return From the Promised Land

(3) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 2:28 PM

I am currently in Nahualá in the western highlands of Mayan Guatemala filming a documentary on the region, Unrecorded Spirits: Life in Mayan Guatemala. As I am still here working, I write to continue conveying the experience of life here. While walking down the street the other day...

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Oxlajuj Baktun: Ceremony and Ecstasy in the Center of the Mayan World.

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 12:41 PM

As I stepped out last night for the midnight ceremony I followed the chanting and beating of the drum. The people had taken over the town square, building a fire pit that sustained the dozens in the highland cold wind. The Elders were not of their age, and grander than...

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Oxlajuj Baktun: Observing the End of the Mayan Calendar in the Center of the Mayan World (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 9:54 PM

I am currently in Nahualá in the western highlands of Mayan Guatemala filming a documentary on the region, Unrecorded Spirits: Life in Mayan Guatemala. Nahualá is a 100-percent indigenous Mayan K'iché municipality, with a population of approximately 70,000 spread over 100 townships; the central "head town," where the...

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The Real Mayan End of the World (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 12:30 PM

I am currently in Nahualá in the western highlands of Mayan Guatemala filming a documentary on the region, Unrecorded Spirits: Life in Mayan Guatemala. Since 2005 I have worked on health research and intervention projects focused on alcohol abuse and domestic violence. I am making this film partly due to...

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Celebrating the Day of the Dead With the Maya of Guatemala (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 11:19 AM

Currently I'm in Nahualá in the Guatemalan Highlands, where I'm filming Unrecorded Spirits: Life in Mayan Guatemala, a documentary I'm working on. I've filmed most of the movie and am now anticipating the end of the Mayan calendar, which takes place Dec. 21. I began shooting on the Day of...

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