From an early age reacted against the traditional status quo in her upbringing in Guadalajara, Mexico, often feeling as if she were in a mental straight jacket. At first, like many children, she was combative with teachers when she sought answers for the many contradictions in what was being taught. At age 13, her curiosity led her to delving into a wide variety of books on other philosophies and ways of thinking that were outside of the scope of her traditional education.
She loved nature and spent a lot of time exploring it and she gravitated towards other people who were also attempting to free themselves from the more traditional ways. She questioned everything and had an active imagination.
“Our culture can be very chauvinistic whereby women are often treated as if their importance has nothing to do with their minds,” says Amador, “This led me to a desire to escape and to travel the world which I have done. And I moved to Canada at age 18 and have since lived in New Mexico, Europe, and Washington State where I now reside.”
Amador was driven to understand the answers to some of life’s biggest questions: Where do we come from? Where are we going? What is our purpose? She was puzzled as to why there was so much inequality and injustice everywhere she looked. She was determined to make her own path.
Paulina set off for a journey of discovery in seeing history from a new angle. She discovered that because history was written by men, that some women of genius were overlooked. Some made major contributions but were not acknowledged. Others were hidden.
Along with history, she also studied traditional sciences such as physics, chemistry, and astrophysics, as well as quantum physics, technology, and A.I. And her studies led her also towards the world’s religions, spirituality, alchemy, the wisdom traditions, and art.
This film creates a new paradigm and redefines genius, which she discovered is not about I.Q. The film reveals that there is a key we can all use to unlock our own genius. Because of this, Amador feels that the social impact of this film will be enormous and the ripples of its affect on the world will bring about change that benefits us all.
Paulina Amador is ideally suited to be the one to tell this story. As she says, “I am a bit of a rebel. I defy convention. And I have learned to think big. This film mirrors my own journey in overcoming my limitations, transcending cultures, and it reflects my unquenched thirst to travel the world to meet great minds and discover the impetus for genius.”
She continues, “Do we really think for ourselves? It’s important that people have the freedom to dig deeper and follow their curiosity. Many feel they are not allowed to think for themselves. It is the biggest problem in our current society that people don’t value their own thoughts. Michio Kaku says, ‘All kids are born geniuses, but are crushed by society.’ But the most beautiful thing about this documentary is that it is not really about the scientists. It’s about the viewer’s own inspiration and thoughts.”
Amador was influenced by French New Wave Cinema and Arthouse Cinema but the film that probably influenced this documentary the most was Kubrik’s Sci-Fi Classic, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Says Amador, “It was very futuristic 50 years ago. And yet, 50 years later it still is.”
Visually, the documentary is unique in that it includes a mixture of original footage shot in nature combined with outstanding VFX effects. These include a dimensional doorway and other effects that defy classical physics. Some technical approaches used in the film include the use of drones, underwater filming, original live-action sequences, and both 2D and 3D animation.
Amador is confident the audience will leave the film inspired to ask greater questions and she feels that the film will have a transformational impact on them. She thinks they will feel like Jason Padgett (also interviewed in the film) when he writes in his book “Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel,” when he was accidentally struck on the head which turned him into a mathematical genius, “I feel like I swallowed a star!”