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Annotated captions of 2012 - Time for Change at BBC's Talking Movies in English

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subtitles: www.plantandoconsciencia.org

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Sting is a big name in a new documentary

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that's pointing the way toward saving the world

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it's a rallying cry that's a heady concoction

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it involves such concepts as mushrooms and bioremediation

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and it's guiding narrator is a best-seller author and journalist

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who resembles a counterculture figure from the 1960's

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so far the film has only been shown at special screenings

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but it will go into full release later on this year

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this documentary theorizes that humanity has gone out of step with the planet

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and that a realignment can save us from ourselves

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the ancient wisdom of tribal cultures and modern science are seen as solutions

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it's an optimistic antidote to apocaliptic prophecies

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particularly popular doomsday predictions for the year 2012

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it's and endeavor embraced by Sting

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I think there's a lot of, very negative, prophetic feelings about 2012

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as if the whole world is going to end

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I think the prophecy is questionable and the future is what we make it to be

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so my strategy has always been to be optimistic

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cautiously optimistic

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2012, this film I'm involved in

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shows that there are good things happening on the planet, positive things

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and I wanted to be... I want to be part of that

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it's an interesting date, and we need to make it a positive date

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and not this gloom and doom end of the earth nonsense, which I think is terrible

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this question of what will happen in 2012

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may just be the wrong question, we should just be really asking

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what are we gonna do? what can we bring about?

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what type of change can we bring about in this time?

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it's gonna be up to individuals and communities

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to make a profound shift in how we conduct ourselves in the planet

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The film storyteller is Daniel Pinchbeck

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it follows him on his quest to find a new way forward

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so that a post-industrial world can flourish in harmony with nature

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it argues that the future lies both in the application

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of new technologies and the evolution in human consciousness

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quite controversially, it suggests that psychedelic drugs

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can play a role in bringing about this new mindset

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it does seem like a throwback to the 1960's

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the film grew out of a bestseller pinchbeck wrote

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called "2012, The Return of Quetzacoatl"

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We sort of took the ideas from that book

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but extended it to more practical solutions like ecological design

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ways to address the financial system, we talked about meditation, yoga

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So I kinda made the narrator and interviewer, who weaves the story together

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the film features interviews with experts and celebrities

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filmmaker David Lynch talks about transcendental meditation

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actress Elen Page comments on goat manure

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One expert interviewed gives his contribution very timely

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given the oil spill in the gulf of Mexico

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because he nows a lot of the ability of fungi to help repair the planet

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Fungi repair ecosystems, they respond to catastrophia

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right now with the BP oil spill

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so we've been breaking down oil with fungi for about 12 years

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so I propose, I'm in the movie talking about how to break oil with fungi

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and now with the BP oil spill, it's really focusing our attention

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the film's brazilian director believes the documentary shows that many solutions

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for today's environmental ills are not far from hand

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all the solutions that we need are already here

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and they're mostly in a garden

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it's a message about people reconnecting with nature

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what really creates not only a sustainable culture but a regenerative culture

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the film's message won't be to everyone's taste

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Some critics will dismiss it as new-age mambo jambo

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do you think that people who are participating in this documentary have very good practical ideas?

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I think the way to solve the planet's problems at the moment is to think out of the box

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some of those ideas might seem a little crazy

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but revolutionary ideas always have, they seemed a little strange

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but we need to be in that mode in this particular time

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but how much difference can a documentary like this make?

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I mean, isn't it just going to reach the converted in a way?

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you can say the same about music. How can you change the world with music?

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you can't really

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You can plant seeds in people's minds

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which hopefully bear fruit years hence. Do we have the time? That's the problem

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I don't know the answer, but this is certainly something I feel is right to do

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But is it going to solve the problem? I don't know