Brujo (Shaman)

2011-06-30 11:44:28

By Georges Payrastre and Claudine Viallon

Brujo (Shaman) by Georges Payrastre and Claudine ViallonBrujo 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

2011-05-31 14:05:12

By Richard Meech

Vine of the Soul by Richard MeechIn 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.

Magical Death

2011-05-01 09:46:19

By Timothy Asch

Magical Death by Timothy AschThis 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)

2011-03-31 14:28:03

By Robert J. Flaherty

Nanook of the North (1922) by Robert J. FlahertyRobert 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.

The Emerald Forest

2011-02-28 14:10:05

By John Boorman

The Emerald Forest by John Boorman"an exotic and erotic daymare replete with one lushly enrapturing scene after another" (Daily News)! For ten years, engineer Bill Markham has searched tirelessly for his son Tommy who disappeared from the edge of the Brazilian rainforest. He finds the boy living among the reclusive Amazon tribe who adopted him. For his son is now a grown tribesman who moves skillfully through this beautiful-but-dangerous terrain, fearful only of those who would exploit it. And as Bill attempts to "rescue" him from the savagery of the untamed jungle, Tommy challenges Bill's idea of true civilization and his notions about who needs rescuing.