In 1968, when her book “In the Kingdom of Mescal” assumed cult status within the hippie movement, German-Amerindian painter Nan Cuz was already a
famous artist, having gained renown in the 1950s with her painting “The Madonna of Guatemala”. She was soon showing her work in exhibitions all over
Europe and in the Guatemalan presidential palace.
An exceptional life story: Born in 1927 to a Mayan mother, at the age of seven she is forced to start her life anew in 1930s Berlin, the capital of the German Reich. Nan is now called by the name of Irmgard – and wears shoes. Her German father, who ran a coffee plantation Guatemala, works for the Reich Propaganda Ministry. She will go on to become a pioneer of the hippie era, exchanging ideas with Albert Hofmann, Hubert Fichte, Aldous Huxley and Albert Einstein. In 1971 Nan Cuz and her family emigrate to Guatemala, where she reconnects with her Native American roots. Despite being educated in Germany, Nan Cuz is able to rediscover her faith in the Mayan worship of Mother Earth.
Blazing Feather. Discerning Heart. – Nan Cuz. A German-Indian Painter
Dokumentary film, 45 Min., Radio Bremen / ARTE 2008
Producer, director and screenwriter: A. Krug-Metzinger camera: Bernd Meiners sound: Jörg Johow editing: Elke Schloo music: André Feldhaus television editor: Thomas von Bötticher, Bremen / ARTE
DigiBeta / 45 |52 min. / 16:9 / German with English subtitles