Flick Pick: 2012: The True Mayan Prophecy shows March 3

It's probably safe to say that your worldly possessions won't be destroyed in an apocalypse on December 21, 2012 (659 days from this publication date, if you weren't counting), as professed by conspiracy theorists cashing in on the end of the Mayan calendar. And 2012: The True Mayan Prophecy, a documentary by PeaceJam founders Ivan Suvanjieff and Dawn Engle, attempts to explain why -- straight from the mouths of the Mayans themselves, including Rigoberta Menchu Tum (pictured with the Dalai Lama), a Nobel Peace Prize winner and the world's best-known member of this ancient but resurgent culture.

The fifty-minute documentary combines slick digital illustrations worthy of the Discovery Channel and silly man-on-the-street interviews about the apocalypse ("The Mayans just might have ran out of stones to write their calendar on," says one) that provide a lighter alternative to the dense early portions of the film. PeaceJam, a nonprofit, is based in Arvada.

Still, something is going to happen. "An era of 5,125 years is coming to a close," Menchu Tum says in the film. "It will launch a brand-new era. In this era, for the very first time, male and female energies will be united."

Suvanjieff and Engle said the inspiration for 2012 came from a visit Menchu Tum made to Boulder in 2009. There she was asked about the way the notion of a 2012 apocalypse was portrayed in popular culture, giving an answer that became the basis for the film. 2012: The True Mayan Prophecy shows at 7 p.m. on March 3 at the Denver FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. There will be a Q&A session with Engle afterward. Tickets are $10 to $12.

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Absolutely loved the movie. Like people said during the Q&A, this movie needs to watched by every congressman and people making policies. And also it would be awesome if this can be made accesible to everyone through PBS or history channel. Very inspiring stuff.


Folks, I watched the premier of this documentary last night at the Denver Film Center on Colfax, and sorry that I wasted my time.It is an amateurish and schizophrenic production - poorly filmed, a terrible music mix, distracting and crappy graphics. This is not a refined National Geographic style is the work of people who don't know much about filmmaking. The concept is noteworthy - the execution, abysmal.

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I couldn't disagree with you more when you call it amateurish and schizophrenic. The graphics were fantastic and not only illustrated points but also kept things entertaining and visually appealing. The movie has a fun flow and shifts gears abruptly several times and that's a huge part of the charm.

There are definitely some scenes using low quality footage, but the content of that footage is what mattered to me and it shined through. I like the feeling that the low quality footage gives, because it's clear this wasn't some big budget production where they set up a huge shoot everytime the Mayan's did a ceremony. The filmmakers were there on the ground capturing things as they happened and rough footage imo does not automatically make it bad footage.

I also loved the music in the film. I'd actually like to get a copy of the soundtrack.

I walked out of the premiere feeling inspired and excited. It's funny how it was so different for you. The reaction I saw in the crowd, both in the Q&A and in the reception, was very positive, so I think you might be in the minority here. But everyone is entitled to their own opinion.


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