RECENT FILMS

AYAHUASCA, VOLVER AL SER

Tres intr√©pidos personajes toman asiento en una avi√≥n hacia la selva iquite√Īa con el fin de encontrarse con la magia de la Ayahuasca. Desde los confines m√°gicos de la selva peruana; arriba de las casas balsas que flotan en el vaiv√©n de la crecida amaz√≥nica; entremedio de la selva voraz que pareciera atragantar con su verde incandescente... nos adentramos en un viaje para tratar de mostrar con im√°genes lo que no se puede mostrar.

Director: Fabiola Simonetti & Coto Ca√Īas
Duration: 50 min
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Year: 2013/14
Web: ayahuasca.nidra.tv

THE JUNGLE PRESCRIPTION

The Jungle Prescription tells of ayahuasca, a visionary Amazonian brew of indigenous origin and its encounter with the West, as played out through the story of two doctors. The first, Dr. J. Mabit, runs a legendary detox centre deep in the Peruvian jungle, in partnership with indigenous healers. The second, Dr. Gabor Maté, is risking his reputation trying to establish a similar program in Canada.

Director: Jerónimo Mazarrasa
Duration: 50 min
Language: English
Year: 2011
Web: ayahuasca.flavors.me

HUICHOLES, LOS √öLTIMOS GUARDIANES DEL PEYOTE

The urgent story of the mystical Wixarika People, the Huicholes: one of the last pre-Hispanic alive cultures in Latin America. Their struggle against the Mexican government and multinational mining corporations to preserve Wirikuta, their most sacred territory and home of the famous peyote cactus. The mining activities of the Canadian companies that got the concessions in 2010 to prospect this protected area, rich in silver, gold and other minerals, are seen by the Wixarika and their supporters as a great menace for the delicate biodiversity of this unique ecosystem, listed by the UNESCO as World Cultural and Natural Heritage. An unequal and controversial fight from today that triggers the global debate between ancient cultural values, the exploitation of nature and the inevitable development of the peoples.

Director: Hern√°n Vilchez
Duration: 120 min
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Year: 2014
Web: huicholesfilm.com/es

NEURONS TO NIRVANA

Through interviews with leading psychologists and scientists, Neurons to Nirvana explores the history of four powerful psychedelic substances (LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA and Ayahuasca) and their previously established medicinal potential. Strictly focusing on the science and medicinal properties of these drugs, Neurons to Nirvana looks into why our society has created such a social and political bias against even allowing research to continue the exploration of any possible positive effects they can present in treating some of today's most challenging afflictions.

Director: Oliver Hockenhull
Duration: 85 min
Language: English
Year: 2014
Web: neuronstonirvana.tumblr.com

AYA AWAKENINGS

AYA: Awakenings is a documentary journey into the world and visions of Amazonian shamanism, adapted from the cult book ‚ÄėAya: a Shamanic Odyssey‚Äô by Rak Razam. As Razam sets out to document the booming business of Amazonian shamanism in the 21st century, he quickly finds himself caught up in a culture clash between the old world and the new. Braving a gringo trail of the soul, he uncovers a movement of ‚Äėspiritual tourists‚Äô coming from the West for a direct experience of the multi-dimensional reality shamanism connects one to.

Director: Tim Parish
Duration: 90 min
Language: English
Year: 2014
Web: aya-awakenings.com

AMBI, MEDICINA PARA EL ALMA

A finales del a√Īo 2011 lleg√≥ a tierras antioque√Īas, Henrry Danilo Muchavisoy, un j√≥ven nativo del piedemonte amaz√≥nico, con un legado ancestral, fruto de su formaci√≥n como m√©dico tradicional ind√≠gena. En el transcurrir de dos a√Īos como habitante de un territorio occidentalizado, Henrry ha tenido la oportunidad de compartir su visi√≥n de la vida por medio de la m√ļsica, el manejo de la planta sagrada del Yag√©...

Director: Juan Diego Sanchez Acila
Duration: 28 min
Language: Spanish & Inga
Subtitles: Spanish

THE SHAMAN & AYAHAUSCA

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To seek a cure for Parkinson’s Disease and experience the transformational effects of Ayahuasca, filmmaker Michael Wiese went to the home of Don Jose Campos, an internationally known Peruvian curandero. Shot in the Amazonian river towns of Pulcallpa and Iquitos, this film takes us into the world of Don Jose and includes the last filmed interview with renowned visionary painter and former shaman Pablo Amaringo.

Director: Michael Wiese
Duration: 72 minutes
Language: English/Spanish
Subtitles: No
Year: 2010
Web: divineartsmedia.com

THE SACRED SCIENCE

"The Sacred Science" follows eight people from all different walks of life, with varying physical and psychological ailments, as they embark on a one-month healing journey into the heart of the Amazon jungle. Working with traditional Shamanic healers, each participant takes an active role in his or her own recovery process - and using a combination of plant medicine and intense spiritual ceremonies and exercises, the barriers between physical health and mental well-being are blurred and eventually eliminated altogether.

Director: Nick Polizzi
Duration: 77 min
Language: Spanish
Year: 2011
Web: thesacredscience.com

SHAMANS OF THE AMAZON

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Shamans of the Amazon is a personal account  of Film-maker Dean Jefferys returning to the Amazon with his partner and one year old daughter. They journey deep into the heart of  the Ecuadorian rainforest to meet two Amazon Shamans, to learn about and experience the ancient ayahuasca ritual. The film will also show how this hallucinogenic ritual is being adapted and used in western cultures.

Director: Dean Jefferys
Duration: 52 min
Language: English and Spanish
Subtitles: English
Year: 2001
Web: shamansoftheamazon.com

ICAROS

√ćcaros explora el universo espiritual del pueblo shipibo que habita a orillas del r√≠o Ucayali, uno de los principales afluentes de la Amazon√≠a Peruana. El joven Mokan Rono emprende su camino en el ancestral conocimiento de la ayahuasca, guiado por un sabio cham√°n y por su madre, maestra curandera.

Director: Georgina Barreiro
Duration: 71 min
Language: Spanish
Year: 2014
Web: facebook.com/icaroslapelicula

CURANDEROS

Based on a series of interviews filmed in the region of Nari√Īo in southern Colombia, Curanderos attempts to answer central questions regarding ayahuasca Shamanism. Two Colombian Shamans, a British explorer, and a German scientist offer their visions of this astonishing form of medicine, based on the use of a psychoactive brew.

Director: Victor Guillon & Julien Mauranne
Duration: 30 min
Language: English/Spanish
Subtitles: English
Year: 2011
Web: curanderos-lefilm.com

VINE OF SOUL

On a quest for spiritual awakening and healing, a naturopathic doctor and an accountant join others in the Amazon to drink a hallucinogenic brew called ayahuasca or 'Vine of the Soul'. Their dramatic encounters with the sacred medicine offer new insights into the nature of faith and self-healing through a heightened state of consciousness.

Director: Richard Meech
Duration: 52 min
Language: English
Year: 2010
Web: vineofthesoul.com

MEDICINAS ANCESTRALES

Un director de documentales, luego de realizar tomas en su pa√≠s de origen, Argentina, decide viajar hacia la ciudad de Iquitos en Per√ļ, considerada por los investigadores y cient√≠ficos como ‚Äúla meca‚ÄĚ de la Ayahuasca. Como parte de un proceso de curaci√≥n profundo iniciado cuatro meses antes, y comprendiendo que el efecto producido por la Ayahuasca en su estado natural, puede significar un mayor conocimiento y beneficio para su persona, parte, solo, hacia la selva.
Tentado por su profesi√≥n se lleva consigo un reducido equipo de filmaci√≥n, para intentar (si la experiencia lo permit√≠a) registrar sus vivencias y poder transmitirle a las personas que sienten pasi√≥n, inter√©s cient√≠fico, b√ļsqueda espiritual o simplemente curiosidad sobre el tema, que es esto de ‚Äútomar Ayahuasca‚ÄĚ.

Director: Marcelo Rossi
Duration: 17:20 min
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish
Year: 2014
Web: espantapajarosweb.com.ar

LIVING WITH SPIRITS

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Those brave enough to drink ayahuasca will meet spirits and have visions of other worlds and realms. Peruvian shaman use this visionary plant brew as part of a dieta -a retreat in the jungle- where they receive insights on healing. Through the auspices of Peruvian shaman Don José Campos, filmmaker Michael Wiese undertakes a 10-day dieta
and shares his extraordinary experience in this video diary-style documentary film.

Director: Michael Wiese
Duration: 60 min
Language: English
Year: 2012
Web: shop.mwp.com/products/living-with-spirits-10-days-in-the-jungle-with-ayahuasca

LA MEDICINA DEL SONIDO

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A very personal yet universal journey. This film shares with you the intimacy of an Ayahuasca ceremony in Ibiza. Artists, musicians and practitioners speak of their experiences and their commitment to break down fears and lead ones experience through this intense journey, intercut with scenes from the ceremony itself and the undeniable vibration of sight, sound and spirituality.

Director: Giulio Tarantino
Duration: 23 min
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Year: 2014

VIAJE DE IDA

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Acompanhamos a jornada de um grupo de pessoas na floresta amaz√īnica Boliviana que decidem adentrar o caminho da consci√™ncia humana, pelo universo das plantas sagradas e da sabedoria ancestral. Uma narrativa que levanta quest√Ķes como a conviv√™ncia, cuidados com a terra, sa√ļde e cura, √©tica, e os mist√©rios da busca humana.

Director: Nicole Roitberg, Pedro Rio (er Saba), Enrico Campos
Duration: 43 min
Language: Inglês e Espanhol
Subtitles: Inglês e Espanhol
Year: 2006
Web: florestadosunicornios.com.br

LAS RUTAS DEL YAG√Č

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La voz de un abuelo que narra el encuentro entre el hombre indígena y una planta sagrada nos sumerge en los principios de la tradición del Yagé. Un recorrido documental desde la selva hasta las ciudades de los andes colombianos que muestra el intercambio entre la práctica de curación indígena y la sociedad urbana que abre nuevas rutas a los médicos tradicionales del Putumayo.

Director: Alex López Guevara
Duration: 54 min
Year: 2008
Web: facebook.com/lasrutasdelyage

COGNITION FACTOR

Are we evolving as a species or are we going extinct? What is consciousness? Is G-d a myth? Can science and spirituality learn to co-exist? What happens when you die? Cognition Factor stitches quick-paced conversations with Terence Mckenna into a plot to save the world, along with brother Dennis Mckenna, and Ralph Abraham, Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Metzner, Alex Grey, and twenty more of the top thinkers of our times.

Director: Mike Kawitzky
Duration: 63 min
Language: English
Year: 2009

AYARUNA, EL ESP√ćRITU DE LAS PLANTAS AMAZ√ďNICAS

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Los cuadros y relatos de las visiones y realidades de la cosmogonía amazónica y religiosa del pintor Don Pablo Amaringo te guían sutilmente en esta obra donde compartes el espacio y el tiempo con distintos maestros conocedores del lenguaje de las plantas de la Amazonía, para muchos la farmacia del mundo.

Director: Eloi Ysàs
Duration: 68 min
Language: Spanish
Year: 2007

EL ESPEJO DEL ESP√ćRITU

The Mirror of the Spirit' primarily follows the life of an old shaman from Puerto Maldonado, an accidental tourist and a recovering drug addict seeking healing. They are like tributaries of the same river converging towards this ancient medicine for different personal reasons. In Pucallpa we stay with the Shipibo-Conibo people at a community along the Ucayali River. And, in Iquitos, we are welcomed at an holistic healing center mostly ran and visited by foreigners. Starting out as an anthropological investigation, this chronological quest shows examples of mestizo, indigenous and western shamanic practices. It did not seek to document those already experts on the subject, but to give an unfiltered voice to others that came along its observational path of discovery; to better understand the mysteries of plant medicine, the business behind fake healers and the cultural mimetic relationship between Amazonian natives and spiritual tourists.

Director: Jo√£o Meirinhos
Duration: 87 min
Language: Spanish&English
World Premiere
Web: facebook.com/mirrorofthespirit

EL PODER ANCESTRAL DE LA AYAHUASCA Y LA MITOLOG√ćA SHUAR

Debido a que el Shuar ha sido un pueblo eminentemente guerrero y adem√°s porque antiguamente ten√≠an la costumbre de hacer despu√©s de sus guerras, el rito de la reducci√≥n de la cabeza de sus enemigos, conocido como Tsantsa a fin de poder preservarla como trofeo de guerra; han sido generalmente conocidos en forma despectiva como J√≠baros o salvajes; denominaci√≥n que rechazan por su contenido etnoc√©ntrico y racista; por ello reivindican su derecho a autodenominarse como Shuar que significa, gente, persona o gente verdadera. Entre las fiestas que adoptaron de sus ancestros y que aun practican en la mayor√≠a de sus comunidades shuar, podemos se√Īalar la Fiesta del Ayahuasca que por lo general lo celebran en enero con la caminata a las cascadas y monta√Īas sagradas. En esta fiesta el uwishin (sham√°n) manipula fuerzas espirituales que intervienen en procesos de curaci√≥n, amor, cacer√≠a y siembra. En la sociedad Shuar, el uwishin (sham√°n), es quien a la vez de poseer importantes conocimientos del mundo m√≠tico espiritual, maneja las concepciones de salud-enfermedad. Entre los Shuar existen dos tipos de shamanes: los tsuakratin (que curan) y los wawekratin (que causan da√Īo o enfermedades).

Directora: Mónica Hinojosa Becerra
Idioma: Espa√Īol
A√Īo: 2014

THE PATH OF THE SUN - Ayahuasca Nature's Greatest Gift

The second half of the shamanic documentary series THE PATH OF THE SUN and explores the benefits of the medicinal plant ayahuasca. Many topics are discussed by leading experts including ayahuasca's benefits as a tool for personal growth, exploration of the supernatural and the field of psychotherapy as a powerful medicine for healing (including discussions about the the use of ayahuasca for the treatment of depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, phobias, PTSD, drug and alcohol addiction), the burgeoning ayahuasca tourism industry and the dangers of travel to third world countries and the Amazon, the "dieta" or ayahuasca diet, curanderos, ayhuasqueros and shaman, the ayahuasca experience, the ayahuasca ceremony, the ritual and ceremony, how the brew is made, Icaros and more

Director: Seti Gershberg
Duration: 60 min
Language: English, Spanish, Quechua
Year: 2014
Web: thepathofthesun.com

THE LAST SHAMAN'S APPRENTICE

A narrative documentary focusing on the story of Rebekah Shaman, who in 1997 followed a vision she received from a Shaman calling her to the Amazon, where she found and studied intensively with a powerful Ayahuasquero. Now she tells of her unique story working with the Shaman and Ayahuasca to connect with Mother Earth.

Director: Alexander Ward
Duration: 33 min
Language: English
Year: 2013
Web: alexanderward.co.uk - rebekahshaman.com

TONKIRI - Chapter One

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Tonkiri is a documentary series about the life, work and travels of Ashaninkan elder and healer Juan Flores as he leaves the Amazon to share his knowledge about medicinal plants with the world.

Director: Jim Sanders and André Clément
Duration: 45 min
Language: English, Spanish and Cree
Subtitles:English & Spanish
Year: 2014

ICEERS AYAHUASCA DOCUMENTARY - WORK IN PROGRESS

While the use of ayahuasca is rapidly expanding in Modern Society and scientific knowledge regarding the risks and therapeutic benefits of this ethnobotanical brew is increasing, legal persecution and demonization of practices involving the ingestion of ayahuasca at UN and national level is also more and more prominent. In 2009 the Chilean Police Department violently raided an Ayahuasca Ritual in the center Manto Wasi in Santiago de Chile. The public prosecutor was on on personal mission to eradicate everything related to this mind-altering concoction - a long legal battle started... Rumi and Danae, accused for endangering public health and drug rafficking, decided to fight for justice, demonstrating that ayahuasca is a valid therapeutic tool. Their struggle to overcome the heavy accusations by the media and justice system and the social stigma around ayahuasca is visualized in this heart-stirring documentary... This presentation is a pre-premier of work-in-progress, presented by the director Benjamin De Loenen, with Q&A with the main characters Rumi, his lawyer Rodrigo and Danae.

Director: Ben de Loenen
Idioma: Espa√Īol
Subtitles: English
a√Īo: Work in progress/ En edici√≥n
Web: youtube.com/ICEERS

SHORT EXPERIENCE

MAELSTROM

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When a lonely young woman in London faces an ever growing loss of identity, the only thing she can cling onto are her melancholic devotion to her snake and plants. Unfortunately flora doesn't talk back and her snake is radiating a mysterious glare as ever. Mysteriously her plant shows her that there is enlightenment to be found sipping through the cracks of consciousness. She decides to see how deep the rabbit hole goes and aligns back with her true self.

Director: Tom Geraedts
Duration: 07:44
Language: Non spoken
Year: 2013
Web: tomgeraedts.com

CALLING THE OTHERS

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A companion video to the recent EP by Anilah; this piece is intended as a meditation for soul ignition, third eye and heart activation, through metaphysical interpretation. The music and vocals were created first as an improvisation by Anilah. Then the audio was synchronized with a visual score including motion graphics and artwork by Simon Haiduk.

Director: Simon Haiduk
Duration: 06:34 min.
Language: music video ‚Äď no words
Year: 2012/13
Web: simonhaiduk.com

NIXI PAE

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NIXI PAE is an artistic documental short film project, about the cultural rescue of the Huni Ku√Į people from Amazon through the ritualistic use of Nixi Pae, sacramental beverage internationally known as ayahuasca.
Used since immemorial times to bring knowledge, wisdom and cure, it¬īs considered the great teacher of the forest - being highlighted as the main source of learning of the Jib√≥ia Medicine, that reveals the amazonian cure misteries from the inside of this people¬īs cosmovision. The documentary seeks to portrait also, through the testimonials of men and women, the Xin√£ Bena (the new age) - the moment lived nowadays by this society that seeks direct contact with their roots in the spirituality of their ancestors.

The movie is inspired in the cosmovision of the great Pajés (medicine men).

Director: Juliana Nabuco
Duration: 15 minutes
Language: Hatxa Kuin
Subtitles: Portuguese
Year: 2012

THE GARGON

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Director: Andy Thomas
Duration: 04:42 min
Music: Music: Liquid Stranger ‚ÄúThe Gargon‚ÄĚ (EP ‚ÄúRenegade Crusade‚ÄĚ)

AYAHUASCA

A traveler is searching for a shaman who lives in a lighthouse near the sea.
An evocative short film about the healing visions during an ayahuasca ceremony.

Director: Sylvio Arriola
Duration: 08:13
Language: No llanguage
Year: 2014

CELLULLAR CIRCUITRY / COSMIC FLOWER UNFOLDING

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A stream of digital sculptures and soundscapes that dynamically transmute between organic and circuit-like motifs / A constant flow of emerging and dissolving oceanic, futuristic, and mandala forms

Director: Ben Ridgway
Duration: 2:00 / 2:00
Language: No words
Web: benridgway.wordpress.com

WORK IN PROGRESS

MEDICINA

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Throughout millennia, human kind has nurtured an animated relationship with the Cosmos, mediated by shamanic practices worldwide. Cosmos and Earth have slowly been separated from us, objectified to give room for progress to unfold. Now, as science and technology achieve never imagined levels of sophistication, they unexpectedly encounter their shadows, as perspectives for times to come seem to become increasingly pessimistic. Following the forgotten route of ancient wisdom that has been guarded by descendents of these traditions, combined with the rigorous approach of scholars and practicing scientists, Medicina is bound to shatter deep-seated ideas on health, illness and, ultimately, the very meaning of life.

Director: Marcelo Schenberg
Year: 2014
Duration: 10 min.
Language: English/Espa√Īol
Subtitles: Espa√Īol
Web: plantandoconsciencia.org/medicina

PROJECT PRESENTATION: THE WHISPERS OF AMAZONIA

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A poetic and political journey on the footsteps of three different communities in three different regions of the Amazon, THE WHISPERS OF AMAZONIA wishes to expose the fears, hopes and battles of the Native Indians fighting to preserve their animistic traditions in the face of the great changes that are affecting their lifestyles. The idea THE WHISPERS OF AMAZONIA was born at the end of 2010, from the friendship between Julien and Victor, both passionate of exploration, cinema, and philosophy. A first short documentary on Colombian Shamanism ('Curanderos') was produced in 2011, as a first step towards a larger project.

Directors: Julien Mauranne, Victor Guillon
Web: http://thewhispersofamazonia-themovie.com