On behalf of all my Boing Boing and Boing Boing tv colleagues, I’m excited and proud to announce the debut of a new series within our daily video program: BBtv World. This ongoing series will feature first-person glimpses of life around the world, told through the lenses and voices of Boing Boing editors, guest collaborators — and through the people in these places, their own stories, their own way. When we can, we want to place the camera directly in the hands — literally — of the people whose lives, cultures, and lands we’re visiting.
We’re kicking this off with an episode I shot during a recent visit in a K’iche Maya village in the highlands of Guatemala, where I go a few times a year to work on sustainable development projects with an international project managed with local indigenous leaders.
“El Molinero,” the title of this debut piece, refers to the corn mill where young girls go every day to grind soaked, hulled corn (“nixtamal”) into soft dough for tortillas or tamales (in K’iche, “k’osh”).
The old machine — hacked together by local craftsman from various components — is extremely loud, spews smelly fuel exhaust, and like many aspects of daily life and work here, is dangerous.
The K’iche girls you see in this episode helped me shoot some of what you see. In future episodes, they’ll tell their stories themselves, and we’ll visit other places — Tibet, Africa, Mexico, China, India, and Japan, to name a few of the destinations planned.