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.
Walking Between Worlds, Belonging to None - The Ann Andrews Story
The story of Ann Andrews, a mother living in England with a unique experience to share about her life and her son, Jason. What sets Jason apart from the many other young children who are now being born with exceptional multi-dimensional abilities called "Indigo Children" is that Jason is not only an abductee, but is himself of extraterrestrial origin. Jason explains that "Technically we are all Extraterrestrials, because there is no one amongst you who 'comes' from here."
After years of uncertainty, Jason progressed from an initial standpoint of fear and terror to a point in his teens when he began accepting "their" teachings and to acknowledge who he is - one of many Indigo or Star Children here on Earth helping humanity to evolve to the next evolutionary step.
Listen With Your Heart: SANDRA INGERMAN on Shamanism, Healing & Nature
Author of Soul Retrieval, Welcome Home, Medicine for the Earth, Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner s Guide and How to Heal Toxic Thoughts, Sandra Ingerman is recognized internationally for training teachers in shamanic journeying, healing, and reversing environmental pollution using spiritual methods. She has trained and founded an international alliance of 100+ Medicine for the Earth Teachers. Sandra is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist and Professional Mental Health Counselor.
Dreamkeeper should prove enthralling to anyone interested in Native American myths and legends. It is telling the story of a resentful Lakota teenager who reluctantly agrees to drive his wise old grandfather from their South Dakota "rez" to an All-Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Along the way, the tradition-bound elder serves as tribal "dreamkeeper" for his initially resistant grandson, who gradually realizes that his grandfather's stories are essential in preserving the fading cultures of the Lakota and the several other tribes whose folklore depends on unbroken generations of oral tradition. While some of the lavishly dramatized tales can stand alone as authentic Native American myth-making. It's an admirable attempt to introduce neglected cultures into the television mainstream.
Chac: The Rain God
"Chac: The Rain God" is based on ritual and legends from the Popul Vuh. This gorgeous film, shot in the Chiapas region of Mexico by Chilean director Rolando Klein, focuses on a small Tzeltal village during a terrible drought. Desperate for relief, thirteen men set out on a quest to save their people from starvation with a Diviner who takes them far from their own land on a strange journey. "Chac" is magical, mystical and intensely visual. A dazzling portrait of a Native American spiritual quest.