World's First Mayan Telenovela Premieres

We just heard about a brand new groundbreaking telenovela – by groundbreaking, we mean the world’s first Maya-language soap! The soap opera is titled Baktún, according to Univision News, and is a “great achievement for indigenous communities,” according to filmmaker Bruno Cárcamo.

Cárcamo directed and produced the 30-episode drama in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Baktún, which recently premiered at Mexico’s Museo de Antropología last month, is set to hit YouTube soon.

Like every other telenovela you grew up with, this new one revolves around (fake gasp) love stories. Univision News also reports that Baktún will also focus on Mayan culture and aims to preserve the indigenous language.

There are an estimated 750,000 people who speak Maya language in Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula. It's interesting to note that the Mayan language family is one of the best documented in the entire Americas.

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