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The Call of the Hummingbird (2007)

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Documentary that follows a make-shift training camp for people who want to prepare for the end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012.

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In central Brazil, a ragtag of group of 1000 permaculture experts, Rastafarians, alternative health practitioners, 13 Moon Calendar Followers and NGO executives gather to prepare and train for December 21, 2012 - the end of the mayan calendar. But who is going to deal with the garbage? Welcome to "Survivor" for social change addicts where consensus is the only way to make decisions. Anyone can speak. For as long as they like about whatever they want. And they do. Out of the 400 who volunteered, only a quarter actually show up to work. But despite the seemingly unwieldy process, consensus slowly builds, dialogue happens, the garbage is dealt with and attitudes shift. The film's fascinating characters take us on a journey that covers terrain from the practices of permaculture and consensus facilitation all the way to the meaning of the Mayan calendar, which mysteriously ends in 2012 - just a few short years away. In the process we are introduced to new ideas about politics, nature and ... Written by Alice Klein

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2012 training camp documentary
19 October 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Watch a group of 1000 Mayan calendar followers gather in Brazil to train and prepare for 2012. The hippie count-culture is alive and well and getting ready for the end of the world. They gather for 13 days (to symbolize the 13 moon calendar) in the middle of the wilderness and live off the land in order to practise for 2012. Some people believe that 2012 will bring the end of the world and some believe that 2012 will mean a time of enlightenment for humanity. Either way, they believe that they must prepare for large changes. However, not everyone who comes is there to work, and the gathering quickly descends into the one big naked hippie party with only a few doing all the work. There is no leader and they can only make decisions by total consensus, and with 1000 people participating this becomes a bit of a chaotic nightmare. It's a fascinating view of a present day counter culture in action. A real "survivor" for hippies and 2012 believers.


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