Spiritism: Bridging Spirituality and Health
Spiritist Therapies have been developed in community centers, hospitals and clinics for more than 150 years in Brazil. This film is an intimate, dramatic footage of indigenous healers communing with God and Nature depict the potential human beings have always had for direct communication with benevolent, intelligent, invisible forces. Compelling interviews with physicians and Spiritist leaders give backbone to the effectiveness of these therapies.
Brujo is an exploration of shamanism and curing among the Mazatec Indians of Oaxaca, Mexico, and among two groups of Maya Indians in southern Mexico and Guatemala. The film is divided into three sequences. The first, filmed in Chichicastenango (Guatemala), shows Diego, a shaman, cure a woman on whom a spell has been cast. The second sequence moves to Oaxaca, where a Mazatec shaman, her husband, and her patient consume hallucinogenic mushrooms. The final sequence takes place in the Chiapas highlands of Mexico, site of the festival and film Tajimoltik.
Vine of the Soul
In the heart of the Amazon, a naturopathic doctor and an accountant experience life-altering epiphanies when they drink a psychoactive brew called ayahuasca, the "Vine of the Soul." offer new insights into the nature of faith, mystical experience and self-healing through a heightened state of consciousness. With in-depth interviews with Peruvian and Canadian shamans, ethnobotanist Dennis McKenna,addiction expert Dr. Gabor Maté and scholar Kenneth Tupper speak to the increasing use of ayahuasca outside the Amazon and the potential benefits for Western medicine, personal spiritual growth and a new understanding of Nature.
This film is an exceptionally vivid portrayal of shamanic activity, as well as an exploration of the close connection between politics and shamanism in Yanomamo culture.Starring Dedeheiwa
Runtime: 30 minutes
Nanook of the North (1922)
Robert Flaherty's classic film tells the story of Inuit hunter Nanook and his family as they struggle to survive in the harsh conditions of Canada's Hudson Bay region. Enormously popular when released in 1922, Nanook of the North is a cinematic milestone that continues to enchant audiences. This is the original director's cut, restored to the proper frame rate and tinted according to Flaherty's personal print.