ATITLAN IN BLOOM

By John MEYER

BACKSEAT CONCEPTIONS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2012

A journey to villages and towns surrounding Lake Atitlan in the central highlands of Guatemala highlights the region's unique mix of cultures and beliefs through an eccentric cast of characters and chance encounters.

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Road movie, Environmental
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 77 mn
    • Director(s)
    • John MEYER
    • Writer(s)
    • John MEYER
    • Producer(s)
    • Daniel ABELL, John MEYER, Zafer ULKUCU
    • Synopsis
    • In 2009, filmmakers John Meyer, Zafer Ulkucu, and Daniel Abell traveled to Guatemala to make a documentary about foreign followers of 2012 doomsday predictions based on the Mayan calendar. This is not that documentary. As director Meyer provocatively asks in the opening moments of the film: “Why make a film about the end of the world, when we just found a part of it we like so much?”
      Instead of apocalypse, Atitlán in Bloom celebrates the wonder of place through chance encounters and new friends in the villages and towns surrounding Lake Atitlán in the central highlands of Guatemala. Meeting mechanics, artists, textile workers, politicians, religious groups, healers and more, including some unforgettable characters such as an herbalist named Doctor Pizza, French mystic Alain Galtie (also known as Merlin), and local artist Feliciano Pop; the film paints a unique image of life on the shores of this massive crater lake.
      Richly filmed and realized, Atitlán in Bloom is a travelogue that seeks to subtly tweak its own genre, one that is more about staying in one place than it is about breathless forward movement.
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