The Year Zero

Wiek Lenssen Long documentary - 2001 - 85 min.

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From time immemorial, prophets have been notable for their gruesome predictions. Therefore it is encouraging that some four hundred shamans, from both American continents, offer a sunnier view of the future. Filmmaker Wiek Lenssen attended their gathering in the Amazon rainforest, where they predicted a golden era of global harmony for the year 2012. The period preceding this Indian 'year 0' is characterised by a growing awakening, but also by successive natural disasters. Lenssen portrays medicine man and rainmaker Don Julian and seer Wandering Wolf, both Mayan Indians from Guatemala. He structures their knowledge, thoughts and actions according to the Mayan 13-day week - from the 'day of the power to survive' to the 'day of the journey to the starting point' - using cinematographic references to the nature forces and showing a lot of sympathy for these stewards of the Earth.

Credits

Director(s) Wiek Lenssen
Script Wiek Lenssen
Producer(s) Jan Heijs
Ruud Monster
Wouter F.A. Snip
Production Company
Wandering Wolf CV
Kleine Beer Films bv
Co-producer(s)
Director of Photography
Wiek Lenssen
Juan Bauer
Editing
Oscar de Waard
Berenike Rozgonyi
Mixage
Sound on Set
Juan Bauer
Daniel Muigg
Music
Distribution
Production Country
Netherlands