No one took much notice of Bugarach until the world was coming to an end.
In early 2012, the citizens of this tiny village in the south of France are going to church, swimming in lakes and voting in their country’s upcoming presidential election. But amidst the growing paranoia of the approaching Mayan doomsday prophecy, a news story appears that alleges when the apocalypse hits, Bugarach will be the only place on the planet to survive.
The story gathers global attention, attracting the interests of international media outlets, mystic prophets and all those looking for a ticket to the rapture. The anxieties of the inhabitants are less focused on apocalyptic prophecies and more on the massive influx of outsiders looking for a way to squeeze themselves into their quiet rural community. With the fate of the world on the line, Bugarach is forced into the spotlight as Earth’s surprising and reluctant hero.
Gaudí Awards / Hot Docs / DOK Leipzig / Visions du Réel / St. Petersburg Message to Man Film Festival / Prix Europa / DocsBarcelona / DocumentaMadrid / IDFA / Festival Cinespaña Toulouse / Astra Film Festival Romania
Bugarach, a beautiful and mysterious doc
By the beautiful and mysterious way it was shot, Bugarach could easily be a fantastic mystery and suspense movie. But as often happens, reality is even more surreal.
In 2012, humanity was bombarded with slogans, advertisements, and cultural products about the end of the world. And although there was no mass hysteria, the destructive mystery surrounding the Mayan calendar’s date stalked our imaginarium for years.
For the small French commune of Bugarach, the myth had a single and unique twist: That little village, with a population of just 194 inhabitants, would be the only one to survive the impending apocalypse.
The global reaction to the myth was a beautiful portrait of our humanity. Far from debunking or at least investigate the origin of the prophecy, the interest focused on creating media and economic opportunities as a handful of cults, believers, and theorists wanted to own the explanation of the phenomenon. The Pic de Bugarach was now the place for unique energy alignments with stellar bodies, underground civilizations, UFOs sightings and even the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Bugarach is about five characters of this small town, waiting for the end of the end of the world. Flirting with the date’s mysticism, this awarded documentary introduces a magician, a warrior, a mayor, a guardian of the mountain, a journalist and an “extraterrestrial” as the main narrators.
This is a unique piece about the human reaction to the obsessive need of a paradigm shift. Some will cling to their beliefs, others will see it as a unique opportunity to take advantage of and others will just want to return to their daily, safe lives.
Watch this and many other documentaries on GuideDoc.