San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
AYA: Awakenings is a narrative documentary into the world and visions of ayahuasca shamanism, adapted from the cult book 'Aya Awakening: a Shamanic Odyssey' by Rak Razam. As Razam sets out to document the booming business of Amazonian shamanism in the 21st century, he quickly finds himself caught up in a culture clash between the old world and the new. Braving a gringo trail of the soul, he uncovers a movement of ‘spiritual tourists’ coming from the West for a direct experience of the multi-dimensional reality shamanism connects one to.
By blending narration directly from the book with video footage, interviews with practicing curanderos, samples of traditional icaros or magic songs, photographs and cutting edge special effects, Aya: Awakenings reproduces the inner landscape of the visionary state in unprecedented detail, invoking a spiritual awakening in the viewer. Featuring the artwork of Pablo Amaringo, Andy Debernardi and more; written by Rak Razam and directed by Tim Parish, video editing by Verb Studios, soundscapes by Lulu Madill and music by Shpongle, Tipper, Darpan, Lulacruza, Maneesh de Moor and curanderos Norma Panduro, Guillermo Arevalo, Percy Garcia Lozano, Ron Wheelock and Kevin Furnas, this documentary charts the Global Shamanic Resurgence born in the jungles of Peru and reaching out to embrace the world.
This film is a spellbinding, integral work that will reach out and hook viewers and we're happy to be touring it across the USA in Jan-Feb 2014. After the film screenings a Q&A with writer-producer Rak Razam will follow examining the place of madre ayahuasca in 2014 as it peaks in the mainstream, with special guest musician BEN LEE and YOU, the community having your say. Join us for the great Awakening in 2014! Watch our trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOcia0IbOu4 For more information visit: http://www.aya-awakenings.com and http://www.facebook.com/AyaAwakenings
When & Where
The Icaro Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to media, education and information about the sacred in our changing world. For more information on the Ayahuasca Awakenings 10-Day retreat in Peru with author Rak Razam, see: http://www.aya-awakenings.com/retreat