Norbert Vander directs this documentary which explores the deep caves of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. Cameras follow a team of specialist divers as they make their way through the ancient cenotes and navigate a complex underwater network of caves, often having to squeeze through tiny holes and crevices. Along their journey the team discover ancient relics of the Maya people who believed the pits were an entrance to the underworld, known as Xibalba meaning place of fear, and used them as a place to make sacrificial offerings to their gods.
In the days of the Maya Cenote – deep natural pits on the Yucatan peninsula – provided the only means of obtaining drinking water. But in the mythology of this advanced civilisation these waterholes and caves were also the entrance to Xibalba – the underworld. All deceased were obliged to pass through Xibalba and wait there until they were called into heaven. It was a place in which one made sacrifices to the gods. Today the relics of these acts are still in place preserved underwater for more than a thousand years. We accompany four professional research divers to Yucatan – a team of specialists able to squeeze their bodies through crevices and holes barely larger than their bodies and who master dives that would push even the most experienced divers to their limits. We enter Xibalba – the place of myths and the dead a voyage of no return. Bonus Features: Making Of Production and Research Divers Outtakes Trailer Photo Gallery