The World’s First Mayan Telenovela Debuted in Mexico This Month

But we're not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

By Jamilah King Jul 10, 2013

I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing, but there’s Mayan telenovela on Mexican TV these days. From New America Media:

Baktún, the world’s first Maya language telenovela, is a great achievement for indigenous communities, according to filmmaker Bruno Cárcamo. 

Finally, Mayans have the right to be entertained by the same kind of poorly-written, overacted, predictable melodramas the rest of us have absolutely adored for years.

Directed and produced by documentary filmmaker Cárcamo, the 30-episode drama was filmed in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo and will soon be made available for your enjoyment on YouTube. The series premiered at the Museo de Antropología last month. Cárcamo told Mexican news outlet Sin Embargo that it would air on Mexican television this month, and also possibly in Peru and Bolivia in the future.

Notably, the show’s characters speak Maya. "If you lose a language, you’re not only losing those words," filmmaker Bruno Cárcamo told Sin Embargo, via Univision." "You are losing an entire peoples, and this could happen with the Mayan people of the Yucatán."