What I like about the trailer for 2012, The Beginning is that it includes various Maya and Central American voices in addition to the normal line-up of knowledgeable Western researchers and archaeologists. Is there something special about the year 2012? Is it a time of change?

The film features interviews with John Major Jenkins, a preeminent voice on the subject, who makes a special visit to Tortuguero Monument 6. This famous cracked slab of stone bears the only known mention of December 21, 2012 in the ancient Maya text; it resides in a museum in Villahermosa, Mexico.

From the description: “In this feature documentary, we travel the world – from Honduras to Germany, the US to Guatemala, and across the ruins of Mexico – to explore what the sacred Mayan texts really say. Is this the end of the world or a new beginning?”

They had me at “travel the world.”

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