Shamans of the Global Village

Directed by: Niles Heckman
USA | 60 minutes
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 1
Fri 23rd Sep 18:30

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Indigenous people have used exotic plants as medicines to heal and to connect themselves to their souls for centuries. Exploring the power of the plants himself, journalist Rak Razam goes on an investigative adventure, taking part in ceremonies by the shamans in countries where these plants are legal. Razam spends time with Doctor Octavio Rettig, a medical surgeon from the University of Guadalajara who specialises in treating addictions and has spent 15 years working with medicinal plants that are recognised as ‘sacred’. Together, they explore the 21st century shamanic resurgence, looking at why native men and women are now joining the tribe. The wider implications of shamanism are also looked at, and how the ethnic group has developed to include people working in cities and jungles to lead a new wave of shamanic culture. Shamans of the Global Village provides an insight into often-secretive shaman culture and, with stunning cinematography, a deftly-documented look into this world and the people who are a part of it.
Octavio Rettig
Rak Razam
Dave Anahata
Niles Heckman
Rak Razam
Niles Heckman
Leonardo Bondani
Rak Razam
Executive Producer(s)
Michael Wiese
Screening Status
World Premiere
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