In 1942, the 20th Century teetered on a knife-edge. It was the year when the whole world map appeared to have been redrawn by the Axis powers. In this third episode, controversial historian Professor Niall Ferguson covers the start of the Second World War; Rape of Nanjing; invasion of Poland; treatment of Jews; Russo-German conflict. (47 min)
Deep within the jungles of Mexico and Guatemala, and extending into the Yucatan Peninsula lie the fabled pyramids, temples and palaces of the Maya. While Europe still slumbered in the midst of the dark ages, these innovative people had charted the heavens, evolved the only true writing system native to the Americas and had made tremendous strides in the areas of mathematics and calendars. Without the advantage of metal tools, beasts of burden or even the wheel, they 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 including the ruins at Palenque, Tikal, Tulum, Chichen Itza, Copan and Uxmal, Mystery of the Maya explores the culture, science and history of this people. Segment 1 (10:00 min)
A lake which thousands of Guatamalans depend on for food and transport is under threat. Over the years, rubbish, sewage and dertilizers have polluted Lake Atitlan and its surrounding bay. Now a dangerous algae has contaminated the waters, threatening to destroy not only the lake, but also the livelihoods of the people who rely on it. Al Jazeera’s David Mercer reports from Guatamala. (2:44 min)
The ancient Maya civilization of Central America left behind a riddle: an intricate and mysterious hieroglyphic script carved on stone monuments and painted on pottery and bark books. Because the invading Spanish suppressed nearly all knowledge of how the script worked, unlocking its meaning posed one of archaeology’s fiercest challenges. Until now. (52:48 min)
Documentary: “A Coup: Made In America” Written by Alan Mendelsohn and Nadine Pequeneza, aired on Canadian television’s series “Turning Points of History” in 2001- “A Coup: Made In America” (Barna-Alper) is a documentary made about the CIA’s involvement in the downfall of Jacobo Arbenz’s government in Guatemala in 1954. The intervention of the CIA in Guatemala led to the 36 year civil war from 1960-1996. Segment 1: (9:37 min)