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New Directions: Women of Guatemala
A film by Joanne Burke
France/Guatemala, 2000, 26 minutes, Color, DVD, Subtitled
Order No. W01717
Part of the new generation of Mayan women, Maria Del Carmen Chavajay and Micaela Chavajay, are two sisters who head the Health Promoter Group of San Pedro La Laguna, a group of seventy-five women that provides health education and treatment in remote areas of rural Guatemala. In a region where doctors are few or non-existent and where the cost of medical care is prohibitively high, these dedicated women address the diverse health problems that seriously affect individuals, their families and the community as a whole. Expanding their efforts beyond the health sphere, they also tackle grave social and economic injustices facing Mayan women in particular and reveal how indigenous women are changing the conditions of their lives.


Available only as part of the New Directions series – 4 DVDs on women in Africa, Asia and Latin America for $395.



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