Between Two Worlds: The Hmong Shaman in America
Between Two Worlds: The Hmong Shaman in America powerfully exposes the struggle of Hmong refugees in America. This classic documentary traces the lives of three Hmong families displaced thousands of miles from their villages in Northern Laos and alienated in American cities. Renowned anthropologist, Dwight Conquergood, narrates the rich history of shamanic rituals and explains the similarity between Hmong beliefs and those of Aboriginal people of the Americas. Rare and dramatic scenes reveal traditional ceremonies and psychological challenges faced by the Hmong, as they strive to maintain their culture. A missionary's attempt to convert a Hmong family to Christianity highlights the pressures confronting refugees adapting to a new environment. The effects of their trauma are extreme in the Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome, a mysterious phenomenon that causes Hmong men to die in their sleep. The ancient ways of the Hmong are in danger of being lost forever. This riveting documentary presents uncensored and unforgettable glimpses into a culture caught between two worlds.
Balancing the Cosmos - Living Traditions in a Modern Maya City
This documentary film looks at the nearest contemporary equivalent to an Ancient Maya city where traditional shaman priests continue to carry out rituals as the mediators between this world and the world of the sacred. The balancing of the cosmos is dependent on their prayers and actions. This film is not Apocalyptic! It doesn't refer to our culture's fantasies or longings about 2012 as an end of the ancient Maya's long count calendar. We wanted to see what tradition meant in a modern Maya city. What survives in the face of social, religious and political pressures? Some say that Santiago Atitlán is the largest purely indigenous town in the Americas, and with a population of over fifty thousand speaking the Maya language of Tz'utujil it well may be. This is a look at a community driven by commerce, politics and religious ritual just as all cities have been throughout history. It s hard to think of another ancient civilization which has so much resonance with a contemporary society. Where people feel such a direct connection with their ancestors. I wanted this film to reflect my experience of the town, not to be a vehicle for explanations, theories or opinions about it. These are years of change everywhere and for everyone, and the Tz'utujil are no exception. This film was made over the course of eight years. The dramatis personae changed - some people grew and changed, others died. The town changed...tradition continued.
What the Bleep Do We Know!?
WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW?! It is part documentary, part story, and part elaborate and inspiring visual effects and animations. The protagonist, Amanda, played by Marlee Matlin, finds herself in a fantastic Alice in Wonderland experience when her daily, uninspired life literally begins to unravel, revealing the uncertain world of the quantum field hidden behind what we consider to be our normal, waking reality. She is literally plunged into a swirl of chaotic occurrences, while the characters she encounters on this odyssey reveal the deeper, hidden knowledge she doesn't even realize she has asked for. Like every hero, Amanda is thrown into crisis, questioning the fundamental premises of her life ? that the reality she has believed in about how men are, how relationships with others should be, and how her emotions are affecting her work isn't reality at all!
Healing the Luminous Body - The Way of the Shaman
In this fascinating and informative DVD, author, medical anthropologist and shaman-healer of the Inka tradition Dr. Villoldo, introduces viewers to the luminous energy field that surrounds and informs the physical body like a blueprint of life. Unveiling the secret of ancient shaman-healers, he teaches that many of our physical and psychological problems stem from imprints within our luminous body.
He reveals the extraordinary nature of this luminous energy field and how, by understanding its nature, we can actually heal ourselves and each other. Once the luminous field is cleared, true physical and emotional healing can begin.
Fate of the Lhapa
Fate of the Lhapa is a feature-length documentary about the last three Tibetan shamans (lhapas) living in a Tibetan refugee camp in Nepal. With no other descendants to carry on their healing practices and a younger generation attending schools, acculturating, and modernizing, these “sucking doctors” are practicing an endangered tradition. Each lhapa requested that their story be filmed. Their fear was that the next heir might not appear until after their own deaths. Subsequently, with no lhapa alive to mentor the children, the documentary would be used to transmit the knowledge to the next generation.