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The Shaman & Ayahuasca: Journeys to Sacred Realms


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  • Actors: Don Jose Campos, Michael Wiese, Pablo Amaringo
  • Directors: Michael Wiese
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Michael Wiese Productions
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1932907831
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ayahuasca is a entheogentic or psychoactive vine-based plant brew that have been used for healing by shamans for thousands of years. It is widely known throughout South America for its healing and visionary properties that has, in recent years, caught the attention of the Western world. Ayahuasca is called a plant teacher because it can heal physical, psychological and emotional blocks and through vivid visions take the patient to other realms and dimensions providing profound insights into human beings true nature and place in the cosmos.

Intrigued by these extraordinary claims, filmmaker Michael Wiese went to the home of Don Jose Campos, an internationally known Peruvian shaman or curandero, to experience first hand the healing and transformational aspects of Ayahuasca. Shot on location in the jungle and in the Amazonian river towns of Pulcallpa and Iquitos Peru, this 73-minute film documents the shamanic work and ayahuasca ceremonies of Don Jose Campos and includes the last filmed interview with internationally renowned visionary painter and former shaman Pablo Amaringo. Also included are interviews and an exploration of medicinal plants with famed biochemist Julio Arce Hildalgo. The film features the music of Peruvian recording artist Artur Menas Salas.

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As interest in ayahuasca grows, so does the question of how to explain this mysterious phenomenon to the uninitiated seeker. Filmmaker Michael Wiese's latest documentary, meets this challenge with remarkable grace. In mind-bending portraits of jaguar-skinned shamans enshrouded by seeing-eye vines, the spiritual alchemy between man and nature that takes place in the ayahuasca realms is magically revealed. These enchanting interviews with Amaringo, recorded only months before his untimely death, are among the film's brightest highlights a deeply introspective story of healing and discovery. --Stephen Thomas, RealitySandwich.com

I enjoyed seeing and hearing Don Jose at work and seeing Pablo and his beautiful work. The film is a good introduction to that whole world. It does a good job putting the world of ayahuasca shamanism on the table. --Jeremy Narby, PhD, author of The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

This is a gem of a movie contemplatively paced, beautifully photographed, and filled with insights into the practice of ayahuasca shamanism in the Upper Amazon. The interviews with shaman Jose Campos, visionary artist Pablo Amaringo the last before his death and phytochemist Julio Arce Hidalgo provide a solid grounding for the story of the filmmaker's own quest for healing and understanding. Poignant and moving, the film is enriched with an evocative soundtrack by Peruvian recording artist Artur Menas Salas. --Steve Beyer, author Singing to the Plants

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Gerst on September 24, 2011
This movie treats the gradual immersion of a western filmmaker into the spirit world.

Filmmaker Michael Wiese sets out on a quest. With a companion, he enters the Amazonian basin carrying with him the names of shamans and artists, all strangers to him. He seeks them out, and they minister to him by treating him with ayahuasca, a pharmacological psychotrope blending the barks, seeds, and leaves used to purge and heal bodies and invoke spirits. By itself, no element of ayahuasca cures bodies or spirits or induces visions. The potion works by activating what is dormant and potential within all its ingredients.

To awaken what is dormant and potential within is, in fact, Wiese's goal for this movie. The Shaman & Ayahuasca: Journeys to Sacred Realms documents Wiese's search for health, meaning, and wholeness. It constitutes a chapter of his archetypal story. Stories that people pass from one another tend to retell different stages of a single story. Someone sets out on a journey. A stranger arrives somewhere and transforms himself while he transforms the place of his arrival. In this movie, Wiese both sets out and arrives.

Wiese tells the story of his journey to the sacred in shots that convey, immediately, the faces, the artworks, and forests and villages around him. He tells his story, too, in the explanations passing from shaman to viewer through the voice of his companion. Translating the words of shamans, the companion seems to confer those words as blessings onto viewers of the movie. So the utilitarian need to translate from Spanish or Quechua into English helps achieve the deepest goal of this movie, which is to express the joy of the inexpressible.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LD Thompson on July 31, 2011
The Shaman & Ayahuasca is an extraordinary journey into a little known and largely hidden realm. Through Michael Wiese's personal exploration, we are transported into a world where the mystical and the day-to-day merge and miracles are commonplace. If only for the educational and entertainment value as travelogue this film would be worth seeing but this film is so much more as it explores the physical, psychological and spiritual healing properties of ayahuasca. I highly recommend this film to all seekers who long to know more about themselves and the fascinating world of this sacred plant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Grisanti on July 30, 2011
This film is a beautiful journey into healing the physical body and enhancing the spirit in the process. It is a visual mastery that explores one man's quest for answers that apply to all of us with regards to life and how we live. It is also about mentally, spiritually and emotionally preparing yourself for what comes next. It is about embracing what is and finding peace.

Jen Grisanti
Story/Career Consultant, Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, Author of Story Line: Finding Gold in Your Life Story
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Mills on November 7, 2012
It all starts with a simple discussion. The next thing you know, you're off to the Amazon rainforest in South America, drinking a tea made from a psychoactive plant and taking part in an ancient ceremony intended to heal and open the realms of consciousness. That's what happened to filmmaker Michael Wiese as he was searching for a cure after being confronted with a serious disease. Michael knew the universe was co-conspiring to aid in his mission and he, his translator and wife were off, embarking on a mysterious and deeply personal adventure.

The Shaman and Ayahuasca on GaiamTV.com follows these three on a thought-provoking journey, providing unique personal perspectives, majestic and stunning visuals of Peruvian surroundings, and wisdom from a famed shaman. It also piques the viewer's curiosity: What does this psychoactive elixir taste like? How does it feel to be whisked away to other realms and connected to the cosmos? How does it feel to return to reality? Here are a few of the most shining moments from this fascinating documentary:

The Shaman knows
Don Jose Campos, the internationally-known Shaman, graciously and sincerely walks Michael and company through his homeland, and shows just what goes into having a proper ceremony, including the blessing of the tea. Viewers can sense his passion and commitment to this sacred, ancient ritual. It's also important to note that ayahuasca should never be casually ingested and should only be taken under the care, guidance and supervision of a skilled Shaman who concocts, blesses and administers it; the brew is extremely powerful and mind-altering.

Ayahuasca in art
Speaking of mind-altering, legendary painter Pablo Amaringo is also featured.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dw brown on October 24, 2011
You get a glimpse of two fascinating worlds here, the deep Peruvian jungle and the "door of perception" that is Ayahuasca, as well as an encounter with an even more fascinating human being in the person of filmmaker and star of this documentary, Michael Wiese. There's no effort to doll up the reality of the experience, and so it comes through with an even more profound and lasting impression. Anyone interested in either anthropology, the psychedelic experience or remarkable men should see this.
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