The Year Zero
A film about Maya prophecies
on the eve of global change
THE YEAR ZERO In December of the year 2012, according to the ancient calendar of the Maya Indians, the period of the Fourth Sun will end, with the start of the Fifth Sun.
According to many Native American myths and prophecies we are now on the eve of global changes, - a period of great turmoil and worldwide natural disasters-, as a prelude to a dawning age of peace and harmony on Earth.
Indian elders, medicine men and medicine women from all over the American continent have heeded the call from Maya seer Wandering Wolf, to come together and prepare in a ritual manner for the dawning of this new era. The last time this took place was in 1997, right in the middle of the Amazon jungle of Colombia.
For Wandering Wolf, an initiate in the ancient Maya Prophecies, the gathering marked the final point of a personal odyssey through both the America's, visiting all the Indian tribes of the continent and asking them to unite.
On this ceremonial gathering in the Amazon filmmaker Wiek Lenssen met with Wandering Wolf, but also with Don Julian, a rainmaker and medicine men. Both are Mayans from Guatemala.
After the gathering Lenssen visited both these shamans, and filmed them in their home country Guatemala, a country torn apart by violence and dictators. There they tell about their lives, their work, the sacred and thousands of years old Maya Calendar, and the messages the Maya Prophecies hold for mankind.
A remarkable, feature length documentary, on the eve of great, global changes.
The Netherlands, 2001. 35mm colour. 85 minutes. Subtitled in Dutch, English version also available.
Also available on video.
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