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Filmmaker breaks down Mayan timekeeping

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — There are many questions surrounding the Mayan calendar, and filmmaker José Jaramillo wants to help audiences understand them with his film, “The Alignment Within.”

“I’ve been studying Mayan spirituality for 15 years now,” he says during a recent phone interview. “I wanted to share everything I knew about the Mayan culture and their thinking. Understanding the Mayan time signs can really empower and help others.”

There will be a screening at 7 p.m. Friday, July 13 at the Sub Theater on the University of New Mexico campus. It is being sponsored by the Source for Educational Empowerment and Community Dialogue – or SEED – Institute, as part of its film series.

Glenn Aparicio Parry, president of the institute, says it wanted to show the film to raise awareness and begin some dialogue with New Mexicans.

“This is part of our new film series that we’re presenting and we’re excited to get a film like this,” he says. “This is a little bit of the offerings that will be discussed at our conference later this year.”

Jaramillo has been the host of a radio show in San Diego called “Ancient Mexico” for the last four years.

He often gives lectures and workshops on the Mayan calendar and he takes tours to the ancient sites of southern Mexico and Guatemala.

He says he began his studies on the Mayan calendar in 1998 when he moved from his hometown in Guadalajara, Mexico to San Diego, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

He also has put out another film, “Between 2 Worlds”, and is currently working on a third film.

“I’ve been inspired to let the world know what I’ve learned,” he says. “This project was important to me to get out and share with everyone.”

Jaramillo says the project took two years to complete and the last part of the film was adding the 3-D effects, which was done recently.

He says he traveled to Mexico and around the United States to interview Mayan experts.

“The hardest part about putting the film together was getting everybody scheduled,” he says. “We are so spread out, that getting the interviews was challenging.”

Jaramillo says there were about 10 hours of footage that was cut down to 50 minutes for the documentary.

“I had fun with the editing process,” he says. “It was engaging to decide how the story was going to flow and follow the script line that we were doing.”

Jaramillo says the point of the film is to invite the viewer to think about how in touch each person is with the global and personal alignments that are happening now.

“It’s about finding a balance and see why the Mayans worked so hard on their timekeeping,” he says. “It’s amazing to dissect their thinking and come to a conclusion. The truth is that their time was kept on a cycle.”

Along with the screening in Albuquerque, there will be a screening at the Center for Spiritual Living, 5050 Camino de los Marquez, in Santa Fe at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14.

For more information on Jaramillo and his movie, visit

‘The Alignment Within’
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, July 13
WHERE: Sub Theater, UNM campus
HOW MUCH: $10 general, $5 students and seniors

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