ABOUT THE FILM
The film follows the story of two radical doctors and their patients. One is in Peru, and for 30 years has worked hand in hand with indigenous healers. The other is a doctor and bestselling author from Vancouver. He believes the medical system has failed us - by chasing symptoms instead of the root causes of illness. To help his patients - and benefit all of us- he is willing to risk his reputation and go up against Canada’s legal system.
We follow Dr Maté’s attempts to help his patients, and the miracles and disasters along the way. We watch young, cocaine-injecting lovers teeter on the edge, and an aboriginal single mother with a decade-long crack habit reunited with her children. Meanwhile, Dr. Maté relapses into his own addictive patterns, and is forced to face the consequences, and to learn the true meaning of commitment.
Along the road, we meet a Kurdish gangsta, a Catalonian pharmacologist, an indigenous shamanic powerhouse from the Putumayo, a shoeshine boy from Perú, and a very very angry wife. All wrapped around a mysterious visionary drink from the Amazon, outlandish rituals, purgative plants, tears, laughter, epiphanies, relapses, classical music, and the eternal human question: how to live.
See trailer here
WHY ARE WE MAKING THIS FILM?
We decided to focus our film on the treatment of addiction through the combination of traditional Amazonian medicine and western psychotherapy. We believed it was the best way to present to the world how ayahuasca affects people (as displayed by the dramatic process of change that the addicts undergo), while making a clear statement - the very same plants can be poisons or remedies, depending how they are used. We want to make a film that not only pays homage to the richness of indigenous knowledge, but actually shows an example of how it can be put into practice - and the mutual benefits this can bring, when the exchange is reciprocal.
Since news of our documentary was made public, the Canadian government has threatened Dr. Maté with prosecution if he continues working with ayahuasca. This ongoing controversy reminded us why it’s so important that we continue. As we move towards finishing the film, the story continues to unfold- and we are uniquely positioned to tell it.
WHY ARE WE FUNDRAISING?
This film is a labour of love, and then some. After over a year in 4 countries and 3 continents, we spent all the money we had raised, and then we began to spend our own money in order to continue. We shot a beautiful film, but we spent all our savings making it, and went broke. Now we need your help to finish it.
Your contributions will help us finish a feature length documentary:
- Paying our super-talented editor.
- Helping to pay the colourist, online, sound mixer and composer.
- And contributing to the Amazonian communities that participated in the film.
SOME REWARDS YOU CAN GET
SONGS OF AYAHUASCA CD