012 Time For Change is a documentary directed by Joao Amorim. Daniel Pinchbeck leads in as narrator and interviewer. Pinchbeck is a journalist and advocate for the use of entheogens as a means to raise consciousness. He is the author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl.
The film begins with an animated interpretation of Mayan tales about the creation and destruction of man during past sun cycles until the present time, when we are reportedly approaching the end of the current sun cycle.
Following the Mayan prophecies, the first part of the film deals with some of the greatest challenges humanity is now facing, such as financial collapse and climate change. These current crises make us seriously consider the possibility of catastrophic change in the near future and lend the prophecies a greater degree of plausibility.
The film then explores the idea that the solution to these problems has to do with a change in consciousness, a phenomenon that we are also experiencing at this moment. To make this point Pinchbeck talks to a series of people who represent that change according to the filmmakers.
More than forty people are featured in the film, including diverse people such as Sting, talking about his life changing experiences with ayahuasca, David Lynch, sharing his personal transformation through transcendental meditation, and an MIT engineer who has created a motorcycle that runs on water.
At times one gets the impression that the film’s creators did not want to leave any relevant information out, which can be overwhelming for someone who is not already familiar with Yoga, Permaculture, psychoactive plants, community-building projects, etc., all in ninety minutes.
Nonetheless, this film is a refreshing contrast to the Hollywood version of 2012. It helps to raise awareness of the importance of self-responsibility. It also provides useful and inspiring stories from people who have taken our current challenges seriously and embrace change.