Moviespirit presents the Top 25 Films: Countdown to 2012 and Beyond. Historic, worldwide shifts are here.
Upheaval, promise, scholarly vision and compassion shine in these outstanding films. They provide a wealth of ideas, knowledge and inspiration to help you make sense of massive world changes.
A sacred world works for everybody. Find out how the Gift Economy is replacing the Money Economy in Occupy Love, the documentary and inter-media project of filmmaker Velcrow Ripper. “Everybody wants to live a life of meaning,” says Charles Eisenstein. “Only joint creativity and gifts create intimacy and connection.”
Great wealth can’t replace community. In a love-based economy, more for you is more for me. Naomi Klein, Judy Rebick, Bill McKibben and other prominent figures speak. Yet this beautiful and dynamic film centers on the people. Love is the movement. Each one of us is a gift.
Occupy Love is Moviespirit’s Top Film of 2012.
Everyone can thrive if we take part in personal, social and global change. Following the money, Foster Gamble and Kimberly Carter Gamble analyze the causes of world scarcity and suffering. Steve Gagne directs. For every elite banker in the U.S. there are a million citizens, says Gamble.
Impressively researched and organized, the film’s model for change integrates progressive, conservative and libertarian ideas. Reform of current systems, enhancement of individual rights, and voluntary cooperation are key. Technologies for free, unlimited, clean energy already exist. “Goodbye Exxon Mobil, goodbye oil, goodbye coal,” says Steven Greer of The Disclosure Project. Check out the Thrive Movement for a wealth of resources and ways to get involved.
World leaders and activists meet with His Holiness the 14thDalai Lama to tackle world problems like poverty and resource depletion. Khashyar Darvich directs.
Egos clash and divisions arise as the group seeks “a new and higher level of truth.” When the Dalai Lama leads the group in a one-minute meditation, each one experiences being compassion.
As they reconcile, genuine personal transformations are captured on film. Among the luminaries are quantum physicists Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Goswami (What the Bleep Do We Know); Dr. Michael Beckwith (The Secret); national radio host Thom Hartmann; conscious evolution author Barbara Marx Hubbard; revolutionary social scientist Jean Houston; and author and environmental activist Vandana Shiva (The Corporation).
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Honoring the Earth can save humanity. A gentle message of fierce love, this documentary is directed by Iva Peele, Jack Peele and Beth Bornstein Dunnington.
A small group of family and friends climbs the Andes to reach Q’ero with their guide, shaman Lorenzo Ccapa Apaza. They participate in never-before filmed rituals, or karpays. The karpays release “heavy energies” and increase understanding. They later discover that don Lorenzo is initiating them to share this knowledge with the West. An era of new consciousness, or pachacuti, can begin if humans are willing to create it.
In a sustainable, just and peaceful world, the Eagle (science, industry and “male” energies) will live in harmony with the Condor (the heart, intuition and “female” energies). Economist, shaman and author John Perkins explains that every indigenous culture is predicting this era of potentially “extreme, radical, beautiful change.”
Sharron Rose travels across America to ask scholars and visionaries about humanity’s 2012 evolutionary turning point. “People are truly ready for a change, for an end to the suffering,” Gregg Braden notes. As we make “life-affirming or life-denying choices, we’ll either experience the rapture or the ascension.” We can align with these new energies “by living lives consciously with intent, by being kind to one another, by acts of kindness.”
Braden does not believe we will experience the “apocalypse” that some predict. Rose investigates mystical signs and wonders, visiting an indigo child and touring the Georgia Guidestones. Jose Arguelles, Alberto Villoldo, Jay Weidner and others share insights.
We can master time in a world without limits in part two of Sharron Rose’s documentary 2012: The Odyssey. The director visits the Q’ero, shamans and healers descended from the ancient Incans. Living in the present moment, the Q’ero do not own televisions, computers or cell phones. With clear perception, they are able to see past and present. Shamans Don Umberto Sonco and Dona Bernadina Sonco perform a Despacho ceremony to release negativity and change the future.
Disasters will affect many areas of the world, says Don Umberto. “We must make our prayers to the feminine, to the Mother. We must come back to the ways of the feminine, of stewardship, of protection. The United States has a great power, it has great brilliance, great resources. It is up to the United States to take leadership in the world.”
Rose interviews Alberto Villoldo, Jean Houston, John Major Jenkins and others.
Daniel Pinchbeck sees an empowered “global tribe” replacing poor, suffering masses. The founder of the Evolver social movement and editorial director of Reality Sandwich interviews scholars and leaders around the world. Joao Amorim directs.
“It’s going to be up to individuals and then communities to make a profound shift,” Pinchbeck explains. Animation describes spiritual practices, sacred activism and new technologies. Learn about functional design, habitat restoration, ecological detoxification, intentional community, aquaponic agriculture, open source currency and diverse currency tools. Hot button issues like water and soil scarcity are detailed. This film is based on his book 2012: The Return to Quetzalcoatl.
Contemporary Mayans speak out about their lives and the Mayan 2012 prophecies. Melissa Gunasena directs. The documentary raises awareness about contemporary Mayan economic and political struggles. They speak out in activist marches and sacred ceremonies.
“Neoliberalism wants us to disappear,” says Silvia Cime Mex of the Chichen Itza Artisan Collective, Mexico. “They want our culture to remain, but without us.” Activism becomes an outgrowth of love for Mother Earth. Cosmic vision, spirituality and politics are all necessary to prepare for the changes of 2012.
“The Mayans didn’t speak about the end of the world. They spoke about the end of a cycle,” says Efrain of the Collective. “What’s most important is the moment where we can make a change in the human system, in the mind and in the heart.”
It’s time to wake up to our divinity in this enlightening film featuring authors, artists, scientists, philosophers and children. Michael Perlin directs.
The illusion that we’re separate has prompted great destruction, says Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations With God. “That single shift of perception – separate or all one – changes everything. It changes our beliefs, which alters our behaviors, which creates an extraordinary new reality.”
We are all one, according to modern physics. “By harming nature, by harming the planet and the ecosystem, we’re harming ourselves,” says Dolores Canon, author, publisher and past life therapist. The fastest way to undo separation is to “see others as being Divine and whole and perfect,” according to Gary Renard, author of The Disappearance of the Universe and speaker on A Course in Miracles.
Our health is directly related to our diet and lifestyle. Love and plant nutrition send your body the right signals for safe, effective weight loss. James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch direct this bold sequel to Food Matters.
The nutritionists-turned-filmmakers interview doctors, nutritionists and authors who have reversed cancer, obesity and more. Find out why diets don’t work. Learn how food additives are engineered for addiction.
“The best strategy we’ve got is, add in the good stuff,” says nutritionist and raw foods expert David Wolfe. “Inevitably, you’re going to feel so much better eating the good stuff that the choice for the bad stuff is no longer valid.” “If we had a rampant epidemic of self-love then our health care costs would go down dramatically,” says Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom.
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Beliefs and lifestyles – not genetics – boost our health. Top doctors, authors and people who beat terminal disease are featured. David Scharps directs.
The Cure Is melds science and spirituality in a clear, accessible way. The speakers are excellent.
“When you love your life and body, miraculous things happen,” says author Dr. Bernie Siegel. Probably less than 5 percent of disease is genetic, says Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., cell biologist and author. We have the power to change how we live and think. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of the bestseller Eat to Live tells why natural plant foods boost health.
Representatives of the Dakota ride their horses each December from Crow Creek, SD to Mankato, MN. The 330 mile journey commemorates the hanging of 38 ancestors in Mankato in 1862. It was the largest mass execution ever recorded in U.S. history. Silas Hagerty directs this tale of reconciliation.
Peace and harmony begin within. Dakota 38 documents the 2008 ride. When Europeans settled in what is now the United States, they forced millions of indigenous people onto reservations. Mutual violence erupted. The riders experience visions and ancient memories.
“I love you very much,” says Jim Miller, spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran. “We can’t blame the wasichus [white men] anymore. We’re doing it to ourselves. We’re selling drugs. We’re killing our own people. That’s what this ride is about, is healing.”
Americans have been eating genetically modified (GM) food since 1996, risking their health in a giant human experiment. Jeffrey Smith directs this clear, compelling case about GM food dangers. Scientists, doctors, activists and parents speak out.
Genetic engineering transfers genes between species. This creates DNA mutations which “can produce new allergens, toxins and carcinogens.” Find out which nine U.S. foods are genetically engineered. Learn why eating organic, whole foods is best for your health and the health of the planet.
Inflammation triggered by inserted genes may promote digestive disorders, allergies, kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune and thyroid disease. There have been no long-term, controlled human studies on how GM foods affect health. Smith is executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology.
Geoengineering controls the weather as jets spray heavy metals across our skies. Government and private investors pay for it. It’s been happening since the mid-1970s. Michael J. Murphy’s important documentary reveals the links between geoengineering and disease, crop failure, weather extremes and global warming.
Former government experts, a meteorologist, scholars and geoengineers reveal what’s going on. Murphy takes you behind the scenes at scientific conferences. Controlling the weather “enables certain individuals to consolidate an enormous amount of both monetary and political power,” Murphy warns.
“If you control the weather, you’re going to control the planet. It’s that simple,” says meteorologist Scott Stevens.
Dave Gardner is a GrowthBuster. His mission is to warn us that our growth addiction is dangerous. Reckless growth is liquidating the Earth’s resources, stealing from future generations, and enslaving us. This jaunty, thoughtful film will challenge your views.
“We no longer find ourselves growing happier as our economy grows, or even as our individual prosperity grows,” explains Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org and author of Deep Economy and the End of Nature.
Growth can mean leading a satisfying, creative life. Farmers’ markets, co-ops and local businesses are thriving. Job sharing can raise our standard of living. Wise population planning is urgently needed. A post-growth world will honor family, friends, community, volunteering and lifelong education.
We don’t live in a true democracy, says this study of elite power and public manipulation in America. Ethos is dedicated to progressive historian Howard Zinn. Pete McGain directs.
Real power resides in the hands of a wealthy few, says Noam Chomsky, M.I.T. professor and author. Many live paycheck to paycheck while elite bankers make billions. The Federal Reserve, which controls our money supply, is owned by a private banking cartel.
Find out how the U.S. media has been compromised by an “Iron Triangle” of big business, political and military interests. Discover how basic American freedoms have been compromised since 9/11. Woody Harrelson hosts.
Isn’t it time we had a peace culture? Stuart Overbey and Bud Ryan direct this bold call for nuclear sanity. Ryan shares his 20-year quest to raise awareness.
Facts about leaking plutonium, broken arrows and nuclear weapons accidents are revealed. The U.S. has spent over $7 trillion on nuclear weapons defense. Thousands of U.S. and Russian weapons remain on alert, years after the Cold War. There were 23,000 nuclear weapons in nine nations when this film was made. Only one nation, South Africa, has dismantled all of its nuclear weapons.
Mutually assured destruction (MAD) is alive and well. “It’s a very unstable situation. I think it’s outrageous that it still exists. It’s senseless,” says former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Schultz. We must pay attention to this proliferation.
Samsara could be exactly how God sees the world. Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson direct this visually stunning sequel to their film Baraka. Landscapes, individuals and cultures are photographed on 70mm film. Startling, awe-inspiring and disturbing images are set to evocative music. No words are spoken. Samsara sweeps across 25 countries.
The film presents all humanity as a whole. It revels in our intrinsic worth and highest aspirations. It exposes our cruelty and ignorance. The word “samsara” means “continuous flow,” and refers to the cycle of death and rebirth in Eastern philosophies. ”Baraka” can mean “a blessing from God” such as spiritual wisdom or divine presence.
The Collective Evolution ~~~ Watch now.
We are here to play, learn and grow. We are beautiful souls empowered to create and evolve. This film from the Collective Evolution team boldly asserts the basics of human nature, experience and transformation. Five social structures ripe for change are examined: finance, education, religion, entertainment/ media, and health/ food. Filled with ideas and hope, The Collective Evolution says that we can and must bring about world change together, connected through love.
True peace in a world without limits is unfolding, says Franco diNicola, a member of the Collective Evolution team. This documentary about our evolution into enlightenment is filled with narration, interviews and beautiful visuals. The world is now shifting into an economy of sharing rather than ownership. We experience and choose collectively. As one of us becomes more conscious, we all do. Who are we? Why are we here? Get ready to look behind the curtain.
Money is a scam. It’s credit, numbers on a screen, an agreement, an idea. Economic scholars dissect the money system. Alan Rosenblith directs.
Local currencies will help us stop worrying and allowing money to rule our lives. Congress gave The Federal Reserve a monopoly over issuing the national money supply in 1913. The Federal Reserve is neither federal nor a reserve. It’s a private, profit-making corporation.
Our money beliefs have been influenced by “50 years of very intense propaganda, indoctrination,” says activist MIT professor Noam Chomsky. We believe that there’s not enough to go around, and some people will always be left out, says Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money. The money system artificially creates scarcity, says author Riane Eisler.
Live with intention and reverence. Embrace change. The new Golden Age will make our world seem like Neanderthal times. Mind-to-mind, heart-to-heart communication and synchronicity will reign, notes Alberto Villoldo. “What we focus on expands,” according to Billie Dean, shaman, author and co-director of this film.
Living simply means living with less. Grow a garden and share with others, suggests Australian author and “white witch” Lucy Cavendish. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to fall back in love with this planet, our home, to fall back in love with each other,” she adds. Shamans and scholars share their wisdom, demonstrating how to live in harmony with the Earth and others.
Go local to solve environmental, economic and human problems. Filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge impeccably documents how globalization wastes resources, destroys livelihoods and accelerates climate change.
Globalization promotes insecurity and unhappiness. This isn’t “progress.” Governments must re-evaluate what they regulate, tax and subsidize. Wasteful and inefficient practices, government hand-outs to big business, and false accounting must end.
Brilliant solutions are examined. For example, the Genuine Progress Index (GPI) measures human, community and natural wealth in addition to produced, material wealth. Leaders and thinkers from around the world speak out.
An Inconvenient Truth ~~~ Watch now.
“Isn’t it beautiful?” Vice President Al Gore’s classic documentary aims to educate citizens about global warming with his comprehensive slide show. Gore reveals his love for the Earth as he urges everyone to live sustainably. The film won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. Davis Guggenheim directs.
Gore eloquently raised international public awareness about climate change while sparking controversy from vested interests and climate change deniers. Filled with scientific and personal observations, An Inconvenient Truth has been used in school science curricula. Gore wrote a detailed book by the same name.
The Dalai Lama promotes a new era of dialogue in The Road to Peace. A living incarnation of the Buddha of Compassion, he meets with many around the world. Reminded of their own Divine nature, his followers burst into smiles and tears. See rare, behind the scenes footage of His Holiness.
“If we combine our knowledge, skills and expertise with our will power and determination, then no matter what problems we face, we can solve those problems forever,” he assures us. The Dalai Lama resigned as political leader of the Central Tibetan Administration in 2011. China first invaded Tibet in 1949. Most Tibetans do not seek independence from China, but a genuine autonomy within it that protects their religion and culture.