Shaman of the Andes
Shot in the mountain communities of northern Ecuador, Shaman of the Andes explores the fascinating world of the shaman and the Quechua Indians, and examines how indigenous culture contends with the modern world. Viewers are taken on a journey into the ancient world of the shaman with captivating scenes of curing rituals shot inside the shaman’s consultorio. The film explores how ancient mountain gods, Catholicism, globalization, traditional healing and modern medicine are elements in the life of the shaman and the Quechua Indians. Shaman of the Andes is not only the story of a traditional Quechua shaman and his culture, the film is also an exploration of a culture living in the margin between the traditional past and the modern world.
Sastun - My Apprenticeship With A Maya Healer
In her quest to explore the healing powers of plants, an American herbalist ventures into the rainforest of Belize where she befriends one of the last remaining Maya shamans, Don Elijo Panti. While learning his secrets during her apprenticeship, she unearths her life's work: to preserve this ancient knowledge and to bridge the gap between science and traditional healing wisdom. Funded by the National Cancer Institute in New York, Rosita Arvigo is in a race against time, scouring the tropical rainforests of Central America in search of cures for many deadly diseases like Aids and cancer before they are wiped out by deforestation.
Alan is twenty-five years old and is searching for the reasons for his existence--the meaning of life. With a camera, notebook and two hundred questions he journeys to the Andes. In Q'eros he finds a Shaman that says before answering his questions, he had to learn to be a Human. Rituals, initiations and new challenges will unfold before him as the keys to unlocking and broadening his consciousness.
Echoes From the Ages: Talking Story with Crystal Skulls
A Film about Working with and Using Crystal Skulls featuring stories and insights by some of the leading names in the field. When a person encounters a crystal skull, the first question often asked is: "What do I do with it?" This film will answer that question and much more. In the South Pacific Cultures, as well as in many other Native Cultures, people get together to 'Talk Story.' When 'Talking Story' a person shares their wisdom and insight in tales of personal experiences, using humor and human fallibility to make their points. Others may add to the story as it is being told because collaboration and cooperation are highly regarded in this tradition.
Embrace of the Serpent
The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.