1965 / 8 mins / United States / Experimental
Director: Storm de Hirsch
Summary: A further exploration into the color of ritual, the color of thought; a journey through the underworld of sensory derangement.
HIKURI NEIRRA (PEYOTE DANCE)
1978 / 32 mins / Mexico / Documentary
Director: Carlos Kleiman
Summary: The film shows how, during the feast of corn or Hikuri Neirra peyote, the Huichol people fulfills an agricultural ancestral ceremony. The documentary records every stage of the festival: rites, dances and songs are offered to the earth, rain, sun and fire.
MARA’ACAME, SINGER AND HEALER [HUICHOL]
1982 / 47 mins / Mexico / Documentary
Director: Juan Francisco Urrusti
Summary: The activities of Don Agustin Montoya de la Cruz, “Tepu” (Mara’acame Huichol), socially recognized as a singer and interpreter of dreams, are told in this film. It also describes in parallel the Huichol healing ceremonies practiced in the community and the Tatei Neixa & Wimakuarra rituals.
1991 / 128 mins / United States / Fiction
Director: Oliver Stone
Summary: Oliver Stone’s hallucinatory bio-pic of the seminal 1960s rock group The Doors. Stone cuts a jagged swath through Morrison’s life, starting with a childhood memory where Morrison sees an elderly Indian dying by the roadside. It picks up with Morrison’s arrival in California and his assimilation into the Venice Beach culture, followed by his film school days at UCLA; his introduction to his girlfriend Pamela Courson; his first encounters with Ray Manzarek; and the origin of The Doors — made up of Manzarek, Robby Kreiger, and John Densmore. As the fame of The Doors grows, Morrison’s obsession with death increases.
1992 / 110 min / Italy / Fiction
Director: Gabriele Salvatores
Summary: Mario leads a normal life, working in a Milan bank. His daily routine is shattered when he witnesses a murder and is shot himself by the killer, a deranged police commissioner. To save his life, he must abandon his life and flee to Puerto Escondido, Mexico. When he runs out of money he teams up with Alex and Anita, a couple of Italians that will lead him on to a series of adventures and encounters with drug dealers, corrupt police officers and other weird characters.
DIABLA BLANCA (WHITE DEVIL)
2006 / 60 mins / Mexico / Documentary
Director: Laura Carmen Magaña
Summary: Travel from the Tokyo subways to the Mexican desert with psychedelic pleasure seekers Akira and Ken as they inadvertently discover the beauty of Huichol culture. In the morning mist of Mount Fuji, following an all-night purification ritual, the gods demand a mysterious sacrifice from Akira and Ken. To fulfill the gods’ wishes, the Japanese duo must journey to the wondrous ‘Land of Flowers’ or Wirikuta, the sacred peyote gathering place of the Huichol people. As they take on this unique challenge, they develop a deeper commitment to their shamanic practices, and personal dramas unfold. Both men must learn to let go of the past in order to complete their pilgrimage successfully. This documentary debut by Magaña tells an extraordinary story of spiritual awakening while respectfully portraying the peyote rituals of the Huichol people of Nayarit and Jalisco in the Sierra Madre.
2006 / 41 mins / Hungary / Documentary
Director: Kovács M. András
Summary: Psychonaut: An Explorer of the Mind, who journeys into his/her psyche using hallucinogenic drugs or other consciousness altering techniques. Psychonauts believe that these spiritual experiences, when properly processed, lead to long-term and positive benefits in their everyday lives.
2009 / 79 mins / Mexico / Documentary
Director: Pablo Fulgueira
Summary: The Wirraritarie people must deliver offerings to the gods, traveling through over three thousand kilometers. The jicareros (responsible for this tradition) work for seven months every year, mainly all over central Mexico, to honour their customs. Venado (deer) is a portrait of the jicareros from the Great Deer Ceremonial Center from Cohamiata, filmed at their request with the purpose of preserving the tradition.
2009 / 60 mins / Mexico / Documentary
Director: Matías Meyer
Summary: A young man with a backpack walks all on his own into the endless Mexican cactus desert. He takes some peyote. How does he get out again? Pure cinema in the long-take tradition of Lisandro Alonso or Gus Van Sant.
1971 / Documentary
Director: Nora de Izcue
EL VIENTO DE LA AYAHUASCA (THE WIND OF AYAHUASCA)
1982 / 85 mins / Peru / Fiction
Director: Nora de Izcue
Summary: A love story in the context of magic-religious beliefs of the Peruvian Amazon. Michael is a sociologist from Lima who travels to work in Iquitos, where he meets the young Nexy, who lives in fear of the yacuranas, mythological beings that threaten to take her to the depths of the river. Michael tries to help her with ayahuasca, administered by the healer Melito. The couple goes into the jungle following the treatment, but Nexy disappears. Michael participated in indigenous ceremonies and begins to understand the rituals and beliefs of that culture.
2003 / 124 mins / Spain-France-United Kingdom / Fiction
Director: Jan Kounen
Summary: U.S Marshal Mike Donovan has dark memories of the death of his first love. He keeps peace between the Americans and the natives who had temporarily adopted and took care of him. The evil actions of Blount, a “white sorcerer” lead him to confront the villain in the Sacred Mountains, and, through shamanic rituals involving native entheogens, conquer his fears and uncover a suppressed memory he would much rather deny.
LA MEDICINA DEL PERDÓN (THE MEDICINE OF FORGIVENESS)
2005 / 20 mins / Peru / Documentary
Directors: Delia Ackerman and Alonso del Río
Summary: This film stars the shaman Benito Arevalo, a descendant of an ancient lineage of the Shipibo master healers. The film shows the magical experience of ayahuasca ritual to the world.
2009 / 94 mins / United States / Documentary
Director: Keith Aronowitz
Summary: Metamorphosis is a documentary that follows several westerners as they undergo five Ayahuasca ceremonies and experience the gamut of emotions – from utter fear to outright ecstasy. It also explores the shamans who work with the medicine as well as all the key elements of an Ayahuasca ceremony.
DMT: THE SPIRIT MOLECULE
2010 / 75 mins / United States / Documentary
Director: Mitch Schultz
Summary: The film weaves an account of Dr. Rick Strassman’s groundbreaking DMT research through a multifaceted approach to this intriguing hallucinogen found in the human brain and hundreds of plants, including the sacred Amazonian brew, ayahuasca. Utilizing interviews with a variety of experts to explain their thoughts and experiences with DMT, and ayahuasca, within their respective fields, and discussions with Strassman’s research volunteers, brings to life the awesome effects of this compound, and introduces us to far-reaching theories regarding its role in human consciousness.
1980 / 102 mins / United States / Fiction
Director: Ken Russell
Summary: An American researching different states of consciousness with the aid of mind altering drugs and an isolation chamber begins to experience disturbing physical changes in his body that point toward an evolutionary regression.