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Beyond the Big Screen

with Scott Rank

The Apocalypse of Mel Gibson and the Maya

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Description: We are joined by author, historian and podcaster Mark Vinet of the History of North America podcast to discuss the real story, context and background behind the modern Mel Gibson classic Apocalypto. This film was ground breaking in many ways. It attempts to portray the Mayan Native Americans and is filmed completely in their language. This is a beautiful film and Mark Vinet will help us learn more about the Maya and their history and culture.

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August 02, 2021
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Scott Rank is the host of the History Unplugged Podcast and a PhD in history who specialized in the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey. Before going down the academic route he worked as a journalist in Istanbul. He has written 12 history books on topics ranging from lost Bronze Age civilizations to the Age of Discovery. Some of his books include The Age of Illumination: Science, Technology, and Reason in the Middle Ages and History’s 9 Most Insane Rulers.. Learn more about him by going to
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