2012 was another big year for break-out films in the social change genre. With most of the bases covered for all of the major problems we're facing, more and more films this year focused on the solutions side of the equation, giving a voice to the uplifting stories of people working to realize their dreams of a thriving, sustainable world.
For the films that focused on the problems-side, it's no longer enough to advance the well-trodden ideas of the past. It's a time of creative destruction, where all of our assumptions about the world are no longer taken for granted, giving air to fresh, radical new perspectives and ideas.
While many are quick to still focus on the growing and troubling consolidation of the world's major powers, it's critical to not lose sight of the greater narrative unfolding, which resembles the birthing pains of an old order toppling, fighting to hold onto the last vestiges of its power as a new global consciousness shifts us into the next era.
The Mayan 2012 prophesy got it right. The world as we've known it is coming to an end. But not in an apocalyptic shower of fire and doom as many misinterpreted. The end of 2012 marks a symbolic shift in the evolution of humankind - from empire to earth community, from an endless growth economy to a stable-state economy, from an era of rulers and kings to an era of direct democracy and decentralized, egalitarian power relationships. From power over, to power with.
You don't need a telescope or a calendar to see the real-time paradigm shift that is on-going now. The mainstream media may not be talking about it - they, too, like the political elites whose interests they favor, still continue to promote the status quo narratives of the past, much like the dinosaurs grazing in the forests as the comet of the next world shadows overhead.
Tapping into independent media and the independent films below, though, and it's clear that we're living during the beginnings of what many believe is the greatest renaissance of world systems we've ever known.
Here then, is Films For Action's top 20 social change inspiring documentaries of 2012, most of which have been generously made available to watch free online by the film-makers. Just click the titles and enjoy.
After that, if you're feeling pumped up by these films and want to channel that energy into something positive, check out our guide to hosting public film screenings, and consider using our action template as a spring-board to launch a community initiative in your home town.
A free online documentary created by The Venus Project, which examines the root causes of the systemic value disorders and detrimental symptoms caused by our current established system.
Finally, this list wouldn't be complete without mentioning our favorite film about 2012. We think this film perfectly captures the essence and spirit of the global (r)evolution, featuring an amazingly inspiring section in the last half dedicated to the brightest solutions and big ideas that are catalyzing the transition from this paradigm to the next.
These were Films For Action's top picks for 2012. What were yours? (Must have been released in 2012) Share your recommendations in the comments below and I'll catalog them here.