Synopsis

Maximon

MAXIMÓN Devil or Saint (66 min.) is a documentary about a controversial Maya deity who personifies good and evil simultaneously. Maximón, also known as San Simón, or the drinking and smoking saint of Guatemala, is a mixture of ancient Maya beliefs and Christianity. The movie concentrates on the people who surround Maximón with their strong personalities, opinions and faith. The cult of Maximón is flourishing because he grants the wishes of those in need, often turning around their lives for the better. He is also feared and despised because he is used to cast curses that can result in death. Giving us a rare view into the rituals and fiestas honoring Maximón, the documentary leads us on a journey that is both joyous and terrifying. Ultimately Maximón transcends the duality of good and evil, reflecting the Maya cosmovision in which everything co-exists in the universe.

 

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