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» ScreenCrave - 2012: Time For Change: DVD Review

by Laura Aguirre, published on November 23, 2010

2012: Time for Change is not like the 2012 you saw last year. There is no John Cusack running around in a limo or flying a giant Russian airplane, instead there is a hippie on a mission. This is a documentary about the earth and the connection humans have to it. It’s about preservation and using other ways aside from agriculture to feed people. There are some special appearances such as by notable director David Lynch and Oscar Nominee Ellen Page.

The Players:
  • Director: Joao G. Amorim
  • Starring: Daniel Pinchbeck, Maude Barlow, R. Buckminster Fuller, Gilberto Gil
The Plot:

2012: Time For Change is a documentary that presents ways to transform the unsustainable society into a regenerative planetary culture. According to the documentary and its director, this can be achieved through a personal and global change of consciousness and the systemic implementation of ecological design.

The Good:
  • Daniel Pinchbeck: Author Daniel Pinchbeck is no Michael Moore, but being the true pacifist that he is, he is able to carry the whole documentary on his shoulder. Whether he’s interviewing a regular Joe on the street, or spiritual leaders, or David Lynch, he’s always calm and it transmits to the viewer.
  • Appearances: Pinchbeck interviews, what some people would call, wackos. He deals with some pretty dedicated people who really care about greenhouse gases, water scarcity, economic devastation, yoga and Mother Earth, and by doing so he covers many a gamut of topics, and the viewer is able to get a better understanding on these things.
  • The illustrations: The director of this documentary has a day job as an animation and visual effects guy. Here he uses his expertise and add diversity and cool little stories into the mix.
The Not-So-Good:
  • Title of 2012: Time for Change: While you could never be sure of where a documentary will take you as director or producer, you could always change your title. 2012: Time for Change is deceiving. The documentary isn’t nearly as much about the year 2012, as it is about new age, new world order, yoga and connecting with the earth.

2012: Time for Change is an education documentary that serves its purpose. It isn’t about the end of the world, though they do mention it a bit, it’s about connecting with the earth through other means than agriculture and industrialization. The conclusion is that we might be on the cusp of immense change, but for the good, because change is good.

Rating: 8/10

Check out more of 2012: Time for Change on their website.

Source: screencrave.com

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