In this humorously peculiar sci-fi interpretation of the year of 2020, director Caroline Viitanen explores the parallels between the year’s astrological events, the concept of rebirth and how the pandemic may have activated a mass-awakening, propelling us into The Age of Aquarius and the next 2000 years of “being in the light”.

Our solar system orbits across a photon belt twice in what is considered a cycle of 26,000 years. This photon belt is the galactic plane alignment of hundreds of billions of Milky Way star systems.  Depending where we are in the cycle, our solar system sits either partly or fully within the photon belt.  It’s said that due to the thickness of the photon belt, we spend 2,000 years “in the light” and 11,000 years “in the darkness”.  Every 13,000 years a Great Crossing occurs in which a purification process naturally happens due to reaching the peak of the photon belt’s field.  This crossing also coincides with the 13,000 year cycle of the Stellar sun and is cause for a surge of photonic light – the highest form of light that is known.

At December solstice 2012, it is said that our solar system fully entered the photon belt field, which interestingly coincided with the end of the Mayan calendar, also working on an approximate cycle of 26,000 years. Because there’s an increase in photonic light, we experience a higher vibrational frequency inside the photon belt than outside of it.  A more tangible suggestion of these elevated frequencies occurring may be the measured spikes in the Schumann Resonance, also know as the “heartbeat” of the earth.

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With higher vibrational energy surrounding us, we will according to quantum theory become resonant to these higher frequencies, promoting higher states of consciousness and inducing states of peace, joy, love and enlightenment. The significance of this may be that our collective is enabled to be in a state where the divine feminine and masculine can exist together in a non-binary harmony. Some would call this a Kundalini awakening, others the Zero point, and gazing back at the stars there’s yet another explanation – the astrological ages.

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The astrological ages are constituted by periods of 2,160 years, in total there are twelve of these ages which, again, interestingly make up about 26,000 years.  We recently transitioned from one age to another, moving from the age of Pisces – the age of hierarchies, into the age of Aquarius – ruled by awareness, information and energy.  A transition that inaugurated a new cycle moving us from the earth to the air signs and also coinciding with the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter on the 21 December 2020.

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With a New Age comes change and with change comes the collapse of outdated structures.  With collapse of structures comes uncertainty, with uncertainty comes friction.  Friction causes chaos and to say that 2020 was chaotic, I’m sure you would agree, would not be an understatement.

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Zooming in on a few events that we experienced astrologically in 2020, we first had the Lunar Eclipse on the 10th of January, a time about authority and showing authority.  Then came the first of three Saturn/Pluto conjunctions on the 5th of April, which coincided with a world consciousness meditation day, where millions of people around the globe meditated together at the same time.  At the 21 June solstice we experienced a solar eclipse, signifying a time of facing death and shedding our old identities in order to rebirth our new selves.

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The last major astrological event we have already mentioned – 211220 – the Great Jupiter/Saturn Conjunction. Sealing the end of this deeply transformative cycle and setting the springboard for a quantum leap into this new age of ”Synarchies”, the age of higher states of consciousness, of freedom and collaboration – the Age of Aquarius.

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DIRECTOR & WRITER
 CAROLINE VIITANEN

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
NICOL DIPPENAAR

STILL PHOTOGRAPHY
CAROLINE VIITANEN
CARL VAN DER LINDE

AFRICA IS NOW MAGAZINE
CHRISNA DE BRUYN

THE CAST
THE QUEEN : ESIHLE DOKOMFANE
THE ALIEN/GUARDIAN : JIHOON CHOI
WORKER 1 : MEGAN WOOLLEY
WORKER 2 : YONELA SONJICA
WORKER 3 : ANTONIA JULIES
WORKER 4 : JESS CAPSTICK-DALE

FASHION & ART DIRECTOR : CHRISNA DE BRUYN
FASHION : VIVERS STUDIO
JEWELERY : IDA ELSJE & PHILIPPA GREEN
SET DESIGNER : SVEND RANDS
LIGHT DESIGNER : MATTHEW MEYER
SPECIAL EFFECTS : FREDDIE SHEN & AXEL HOEBEL
MAKE-UP : ALICE COLORITI
HAIR : RICHARD WILKINSON

1ST AC : RYAN JANSSENS
2ND AC : JANSEN VAN STADEN
GAFFER : BRIAN OLIVIER
SPARK : DANIEL LIECH

FILM EDITOR : ETHAN STORM
FILM COPY EDITOR : VINCENT CLERY

VISUAL EFFECTS : MOTIF STUDIOS
ANIMATION & COMPOSITING : CRAIG PARKER & ANDRE JANSE VAN VUUREN
PRODUCER : JACQUES BOCK

COLOR : REFINERY
COLORIST : DAVID GRANT
PRODUCERS : ANCOIS HUMAN & PETA SYNNOT-MARZETTI

SOUND DESIGNER : DAVID HOUSTON

SOUNDTRACK : YOAV – “INITIATE SEQUENCE”

PRODUCTION : FOLLOW THE LINE STUDIOS & AFRICA IS NOW
PRODUCERS: CAROLINE VIITANEN & CHRISNA DE BRUYN
CASTING: CHRISNA DE BRUYN & CAROLINE VIITANEN
CO-ORDINATOR & BTS : CARL VAN DER LINDE
SET MANAGER : MARK MANDA

SPECIAL THANKS
MOTIF STUDIOS
REFINERY
ENDY FILMS
YOAV
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THERESA BOKS
SKOORSTEENBERG FARM
MY FRIEND NED
TWENTY MODEL MANAGEMENT
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