2014 | 70 minutes | Argentina, Peru
New York Premiere | Director in Attendance
Join Mokan Rono on a journey in the Peruvian Amazon to uncover the ancestral history and meaning of ayahuasca, a psychoactive brew used by Shipibo shamans. This meditative film delves deep into the lives of Shipibo indigenous people, who have lived for over two thousand years on the banks of Ucayali River in Peru and now carry many of their oldest traditions into the 21st century. On his journey, Mokan is mentored by his mother, a master healer as well as a local shaman. He finds himself immersed in the most deeply-held principles of Shipibo philosophy: there is a gap between the physical and spiritual worlds that can observed and all living creatures carry spirits.
Preceded by Earth's Children
Thresholds, My Perspective
"Sailing by the Ucayali River in the Peruvian Amazon, among stories and images, I immerse myself in the Shipibo cosmology. I observe the gap between the physical world and the spiritual world. In the shamanic universe, all that is alive has spirit and awareness. Everything is vibration. There are no boundaries. Icaros (spirit songs) pervade everything."
- Georgina Barreiro | Director, Icaros