Against the backdrop of the breathtaking crop circle phenomenon, storyteller Suzanne Taylor engages with an array of people who devote much of their lives to it. This fascinating community of visionary artists, scientists, philosophers, mathematicians, educators from around the world, who converge on southern England each summer when the circles are appearing, paint pictures of the creative genius being expressed in farmlands as they try to make sense of why they are being delivered and how the world can ignore such wonders.
Although “real” crop circles can’t be made by people, the objective of the film isn’t to convince viewers of this. That would take a whole other movie. As far as figuring out how crop circles get here, the film doesn't do that, either. We don’t know where the deliveries come from or the method by which they are sent. We just know that we get scores of them every year.
The film shows how intelligent the source is — how it runs rings around us, dazzling us with communications that let us see how brainy it is. Also, the movie deals with how the circles make us think about life. What is real? What is art? What is the nature of proof? What are the limitations of science? What is the place of humanity in the cosmos? “These are all big questions, and we don't have a forum for big questions today,” says John Martineau, the brilliant geometer who showed the world there is a mathematical teaching being delivered in crop formations.
From the testimony of those who track the phenomenon, you see that we cannot dismiss the possibility that we are being visited by a non-human agency. And that if the circles were recognized as coming from elsewhere, how, in relation to that otherness, we could become one people who would preserve our planetary home instead of plundering it.
“The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.” — Ken Kesey