Ti tslaaj xtalbál - The Story of Democracy

Ti tslaaj xtalbál - The Story of Democracy

Álvaro Revenga

Produced by Teatros Comunitarios Kaibil Balam y Copal´aa La Esperanza

This docudrama offers a critical reflection on the political party system in Guatemala, and on the true democracy beyond the electoral circus that contaminates our daily lives.


Álvaro Revenga co-founded Caracol Productions with Nora Murillo.  He works to create documentary films that speak out against human rights violations. His first documentary, Sipakapa No se Vende: Resistencia del Pueblo Maya ante la Minería de Oro, was recognized at the 2006 Festival Internacional de Cine y Vídeo de los Pueblos Indígenas in Oaxaca, Mexico. He has a B.A. in law and an M.A. in Human Rights, Indigenous Rights, and Immigrant Rights from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Currently he lives in Cobán, Guatemala.

The Kaibil Balam community theater is a group of am Maya youth from the village of Ical, Colotenango, Huehuetenango.

The Copal'aa La Esperanza community theater is a group of mam, q'eqchi' and q'anjob'al Maya youth.

Additional Info

  • Country of origin: Guatemala
  • Running Time: 53 minutes
  • Release Date: 2008