Can a sacred plant from the Amazon heal our minds and spirits? For centuries, indigenous people of South America have used ayahuasca, a psychoactive plant medicine, to cure all manner of psycho-spiritual ills. Today, thousands of Westerners, seeking healing and spiritual awakening, attend ayahuasca ceremonies around the world to drink the vision-inducing tea and experience dramatic transformations in their lives.
Ayahuasca: Vine of the Soul is an award-winning documentary that explores the mystery of ayahuasca shamanism, offering insights into the nature of spirituality, mystical experience and self-healing through a heightened state of consciousness. Filmmaker Richard Meech follows key protagonists as they journey to Peru - and back home - capturing in verité style both the life-altering epiphanies and nights of terror encountered after drinking the sacred brew.
Is ayahuasca a doorway to direct knowledge of the divine or a path that leads to psychological trauma? Can it cure modern addictions to drugs and alcohol or is ayahuasca itself a possible substance of abuse? Some people call it a medicine, others a sacrament; the Amazonian shamans say it is simply a "plant teacher" that tells you what you need to know.
Columbus International Film + Video Festival - Silver Chris Award
Los Angeles Awareness Film Festival - Special July Prize
WorldFest Houston International Film Festival - Silver Remi Award
"Ayahuasca Vine of the Soul will affect most viewers so profoundly that it is the next best thing to actually flying to South America to have a first-hand experience.." -- Stanley Krippner, Ph.D
From the Filmmaker:
"When I set out to make my documentary Ayahuasca Vine of the Soul, I had two intentions. Firstly, to awaken viewers to the possibility of a direct experience of the divine through the ceremonial use of ayahuasca, a sacred plant medicine used for this purpose in traditional Amazonian shamanism. And second, I wanted people to see firsthand to what degree the insights and joy that arise from such encounters can be integrated into daily life. " -- Richard Meech, writer and director
About the Filmmaker:
Richard Meech, president of Meech Grant Productions Ltd., has 20 years experience as a documentary filmmaker and television producer. In 2010 he released Ayahuasca Vine of the Soul, a one-hour film about ayahuasca, the sacred psychoactive medicine from the Amazon that is changing modern lives. Meech was the creator of the internationally acclaimed series Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and The Modern World. He and his partner, Michael Grant, produced and directed the epic cross-cultural anthropology series of 10 one-hour films seen by over 70 million viewers worldwide. The Emmy Award-winning series (Global, PBS and BBC 1993) also won two Geminis, a silver Hugo Award (Chicago) and the gold medal at the Houston International Festival. In 2000, Meech directed the one-hour documentary film, In the Shadow of a Saint, which explored writer Ken Wiwa’s struggle to come to terms with his father, the late Nigerian activist and martyr, Ken Saro-Wiwa. The film (CBC Newsworld and BBC) received two Gemini nominations and won Honorable Mention at the Hot Docs Festival 2001. In 2003, Meech was the producer and writer for two hours of a 13-part series for National Geographic Television called, Doctors Without Borders: Life in the Field. The documentary verité series profiled volunteers from crisis zones around the world.Richard Meech lives in Toronto, Canada. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University and was the recipient of a Rotary International Scholarship for graduate study at the Sorbonne, University of Paris.
Runtime: 52 minutes
Producer: Richard Meech
Director: Richard Meech
Release Date: 2010
Shipping Weight: 5 oz