Genghis Blues (1999)
The extraordinary odyssey of a U.S. blind bluesman, Paul Pena, of Cape Verdean ancestry to Tuva (central Asia), where nomadic people throat sing more than one note simultaneously, using vocal harmonics. He was invited to the 1995 throat-singing symposium. Pena gives inspired performances, composes songs in Tuvan, washes his face in sacred rivers, expresses the disorientation of blindness in foreign surroundings, and makes a human connection with everyone he meets.
Help Me Change The World
"Help Me Change The World" is the new DVD title of don Miguel Ruiz. Compiled from interview footage and archived material, this DVD is a timely and beautiful message about how we can improve the quality of life on the planet. "The Goal of changing the world is finding an equilibrium between generosity and gratitude - which is an expression of real love." - don Miguel Ruiz In English.
I Do Not Heal, God is the One Who Heals: A Tribute to John of God
John of God, a psychic medium, does extraordinary spiritual healing. Since 1960 John of God has been helping people who come to him in Brazil to heal from AIDS, cancer, and every kind of emotional and/or physical disorder-all at no charge. People come from all over the world to consult with him. The vast majority have profound spiritual experiences. Some receive their healing through meditation and prayer, others through psychic or etheric surgery-a small percent choose a physical intervention. Those having physical surgeries do not experience pain, and there is little bleeding.
The Horse Boy
The Horse Boy does more than chronicle Rowan and his parents’ healing journey across the vast, wild landscape of Mongolia. It delves into the strange world of autism itself, the relationship between humans and animals and between different cultures and different ways of being (autistic vs. normal, or “neuro-typical”), and the nature of shamanic healing.
The Horse Boy tells the story of a couple that goes to the end of the earth to find a way into their son's life.
More and more films are being made about the vital role that fathers play in the development of their children. The special bond between father and son is one of the greatest gifts life can offer.
In Pursuit of the Siberian Shaman
Long suppressed by missionaries and then by Soviet anti-religious campaigns, Siberian shamanism has experienced an unprecedented revival following the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the number of shamans continues to rise. But who are these new shamans? Are they tricksters, magicians, businessmen, or cultural activists? This film takes a behind-the-scenes look at a Buryat shaman living on an island in the Lake Baikal as he moves between intimate shamanic rituals performed for local clientele and shows performed at various resorts for Western tourists in search of "primitive" cultures. The film captures cross-cultural miscommunication as the shaman and tourists misunderstand one another, usually comically, sometimes disturbingly, made all the more poignant by the conflict between the dominant Russian Orthodox Church and the local shamanic tradition. Juxtaposing 1920s archival footage of a shamanic performance with its contemporary counterparts, the film grapples with the long-standing tension between the "indigenous" and the "cosmopolitan" in a rapidly transnational world.