Award-winning documentary Talking Story takes viewers on a fascinating adventure into the world of healing, shamanism, plant medicine, and divination. Learning that many indigenous cultures are on the verge of losing their medicinal plants, healing traditions, and spiritual knowledge , filmmaker Marie-Rose Phan-Lê sets out on what becomes a life-changing journey.
"Talking Story" is a wondrous page-turner, with an important message. While the book is a documentation of her quest, it is also part autobiographical, and sheds light in both areas. The quest is noble, and leads the reader around the globe from Hawaii to Tibet to the Peruvian rain forest, to Vietnam, Mexico & India.
The author's emotions, and experiences are laid bare in a genuine self searching adventure which reveals her own healing talents & gifts, which have lain dormant in a state of denial & disbelief. ( sort of in the strain of Keanu "Who Me ?!?" Reeves ) Along with the LBC (Lucky Bastards' Club) they forge forward in a trek to some of the world's most remote ( & some not so much ) Areas to document healing traditions in danger of being lost forever. The "characters" are all likable & genuine & surely add to the readers' appetite for more. I have not seen the film yet, but it is surely on my list, as a visual record of the travels now seems more enticing.
My only non raving take on this book is the final "epiphany" that the author experiences. After all the years of journey to Sacred lands meeting enlightened Holy Healers, the big revelation is to not be self centered & selfish ! ?? !!! Really? While the quest, her mission is very noble, I was expecting something,.....well a little deeper. Now I can see the difficulty of a cultural transition, and some revelations & truth are in fact many times simple, and hidden from our observation & grasp, deafened by the perpetual cacophony around us, & in our heads. When that clears there is certainly something more.
Over all this is a very enjoyable read & adventure, & the author displays great courage & strength, and the true value of her work is immeasurable !!! "Talking Story" is a masterpiece of adventure, self discovery & enlightenment !! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!
Marie-Rose made a wise decision to leave her modern career and follow her heart. It is such a gift for Gurus and Healers to share and allow anyone to document what is so sacred to them. What these people do is rarely seen by others. This is very important for all people to see these kinds of documentaries before these practices are gone. It is never too late to save a practice. This was filmed so beautifully. It was wonderful to see other parts of the world in the un-pressured presence of the local people.
I was so immersed in every moment of this film. Marie-Rose takes you on her true to life journey throughout the world sharing her interviews with ancient shamans, their spiritual and healing practices not known to many. Intrigued by her own discoveries of enlightenment, healing and transformation. An unconventional documentary, I found it very inspiring, wanting to share it. Certainly a brave woman following her true path.👍
It is a fascinating and passionate movie about the author's spiritual journey of self-discovery, which took her to several Asian countries, where she met with local healers, documented their healing practices and received blessings from them. Some of those healers had passed away by the time the movie was released, which makes her movie a unique repository of alternative healing practices. I'd like to highlight the intimate and touching manner, in which Marie-Rose narrates her story, which reaches out to anyone in her audience and makes her movie exceed boundaries of a documentary. All those to whom I had recommended the movie (my relatives and friends) were deeply impressed by the story. We all are very grateful to Marie-Rose for entrusting her unique life experience with a broader audience, and by so doing, enabling her spiritual journey to continue. I highly recommend the movie.
What a treat to follow the author's journey to document healing traditions around the globe while simultaneously exploring her unwitting inner journey of healing. Most of us will never get to explore these places and healing traditions first hand, but if we are willing to follow in her footsteps to open our hearts and minds, we might very well find ourselves dropping our own self-doubt and hesitancy to fully embrace our own potential.
The author has a wonderful way of getting to the sweetness in the people she encounters. What a gift!
Marie-Rose Phan-Le, thank you for sharing your amazing journey!
I appreciated the openness of the film. The filmmaker is comfortable with sharing her own life and healing process during the making of the film. When MR puts her hands on Papa K's knee (toward the end of the film) it was fascinating how the light in the room seemed to flux brighter and darker. Says something about the filmmaker's healing abilities, that the light coming from the window seemed consistent and didn't change, and yet the camera seemed to be responding to changes of light in the room. I found myself rooting for her to become a healer. Perhaps Papa K's pain in his knee was used as a gate to open MR to her own healing abilities? Would be great to be involved with a follow up project visiting other places on the globe, such as, Thailand or Peru, etc.
This film is a game changer. It is a journey into the heart of healing seen through Marie-Rose's eyes but, more importantly through her heart. Her deep honoring of the healers was a glimpse into this mysterious art. I was swept into her story and the stories of the people she interviewed. It was not only a documentary, it was an adventure story of Marie-Rose's search for herself. I found myself immersed in the history and mystery of these magnificent healers she meets and almost felt I was with her. Her relationship with Papa-K in Hawaii was the most touching for me. The love he showed to all he met and to her was huge, beautiful and profound. This is a film everyone should see. Magical!! Thank you Marie-Rose...