Directed by documentarian Joseph Ohayon, Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview, puts into question the human condition in the context of the 21st century. Searching to find answers to the inner workings of human experience, the film draws on many different realms of study from popular media to biology. The film is presented as a challenge to the audience, an essay that asks the audience to question their assumptions about who they are and how things work.
One of the film’s main theories has to do with contextualizing evolutionary theory within the specific conditions of the modern world. It asks questions about how we adapt and grow amidst social unrest, natural disasters and economic failures. How do we continue to grow and survive when the world seems to be pitted against us? The film posits the importance of looking at the big picture, to move away from the micro and into the macro of self-understanding. Our relationship with society itself comes into question, and in particular how much we allow it to shape our opinions, our value and our worldviews. Can we divorce ourselves from the groups we move through? At what point are we an individual or just a small part of a larger picture?
The film takes on a wide range of great thinkers and scientists of our day for input, including but not limited to Neale Donald Walsch, Bruce Lipton, Caroline A. Miller, Michael Laitman, Ervin Laszlo, Annie Leonard, Jairon G. Cuesta, and John St. Augustine. Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview attempts to consolidate a wide range of theories and ideas to better understand where we are as a species and where we might be going. Ambitious and thought-provoking this is a movie that does not aim to please as it aims to disrupt. It is not about finding easy answers about what it means to be human, but forcing the audience to reflect on their lives and their identities.