Ayahuasca has been used by shamans all over the Amazon for thousands of years, yet Westerners are soon discovering its incredible ability to heal. “Metamorphosis is a powerful, moving, and superbly photographed documentary that follows Westerners through Ayahuasca ceremonies and the inherent gamut of emotions they experience—from utter fear, to outright ecstasy, as well the physical, and spiritual transformations.
We also learn about Hamilton Souther, a man who had no belief of and in spirit. Yet after experiencing a spiritual awaking, Hamilton is led to the Amazon where he apprentices as an Ayahuascero, or person who practices medicine with Ayahuasca. Hamilton and Maestro Don Alberto take us through the ceremonies as well as explain the meaning behind them.
The Split Horn
The Split Horn is the sweeping story of a Hmong shaman and his family living in Appleton, Wisconsin. Documenting the journey of Paja Thao and his family from the mountains of Laos to the heartland of America, this poignant film shows a shaman's struggle to maintain his ancient traditions as his children embrace American culture. America has become the testing ground for the enduring strength of Hmong culture. The evocative narrative captures the daily struggle to Paja Thao's family caught between two worlds.
Mirror of Heaven, Embodiment of Earth
This beautifully crafted DVD tutorial provides the viewer with a step-by-step apprenticeship of the Pachakuti Mesa tradition of cross-cultural shamanism. Stunning images of sacred mountain landscapes, avant-garde urban environments, evocative earth-honoring ceremonies, and concise teachings on the contemporary relevance of this ancestral healing practice are all gracefully woven together to illumine an inspiring spiritual destiny for humankind.
Starring: Julian Lennon, John Hurt
This visually stunning film offers an incredible glimpse into a rarely seen and scarcely understood tribal culture whose entire story of creation revolves around whales and has endured for centuries. The film passionately explores the connection between the subtle elegance of these mothers of the sea and ancient civilizations around the world whose culture and very existence is based on whales.
The Shaman's Apprentice
Beautifully filmed in the distant forests of Suriname, this documentary weaves a compelling and complex tale of rainforest medicine, shamanism, persistence, and passion. The Shaman's Apprentice is a luminous and powerful story of one man's quest to preserve the ancient wisdom of our species.
Dr. Mark Plotkin first traveled to the Amazon 20 ago seeking a cure for diabetes, the disease that killed his grandmothers. There he found extraordinary biological riches. He found a magical world of shape-shifting shamans who healed with sophisticated plant medicines. In this paradise, the renowned scientist and author met the challenge of his life: how could he save this treasure when each year brought more destruction? Rain forest conservation is a familiar issue to every schoolchild; what is less well known is that the cultures of the jungles are disappearing faster than the forests themselves. Yet the indigenous people of the Amazon, living in these remote regions for millennia, are the only true experts about this vast and little understood region. They employ an amazing array of plants for their survival without disturbing the fragile ecology of the jungle. As Mark Plotkin came to understand, when native knowledge is lost we suffer the immeasurable loss of extinction, both spiritually and scientifically.