Deep within the jungles of Mexico, Guatemala, and the Yucatan Peninsula lie the fabled pyramids, temples, and palaces of the Maya. Without the advantage of metal tools, beasts of burden, or even the wheel, the Maya were able to construct vast cities with an amazing degree of architectural perfection and variety. Filmed on location at numerous sacred sites throughout Central America, Mystery of the Maya explores the culture, science, and history of this most amazing civilization.

Length: 37:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 1995
  • Date Released:
    April 1995
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 8/70, 15/70, DCI-compliant Digital, Dome-customized 15/70
  • Distributor:

    Big Films Inc.

  • Produced By:

    Co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada, the Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografia, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization, in association with Mexico’s Secretaria de Turismo, the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las artes, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

  • Executive Producer: Georgina Balzaretti (Mexican Film Institute), Frank Corcoran (Canadian Museum of Civilization), Don Haig (National Film Board of Canada), Mark Zannis (National Film Board of Canada)
  • Producer: Barrie Howells
  • Director:  Barrie Howells, Robert Rochin
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Barrie Howells, Oscar Montero
  • Cinematography: Savas Kalogeras
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Larry Crosley
  • Editor: Michael McKennirey
  • Narrator:
  • Other Credits:
  • Sponsors:


  • Cultural Studies
  • Documentary
  • Historical



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