Dean James created one heck of a 45 minute documentary that focuses on local Ecuadorian shamans and their struggles to preserve sacred ancestral lands against the Ecuadorian governments sponsored petroleum production. Living amongst the sacred land is ayahausca and chacruna. In addition to the local environmental scenario in Ecuadors Amazon, Dean James focusses on struggle that Ayahuasca activists face against the United Nations and World Trade Organization, regarding the persecution of religious and spiritual practices, in addition to natural medicines. The documentary also features many sound clips from interviews conducted with Terrance McKenna about ayahuasca, DMT and shamanism.
Dean James adds a personal touch to the film as he brings his pregnant wife and infant daughter along for the expedition. Aside form Ayahuasca healing, James’s wife visited a shaman to assist her pains associated with pregnancy mile-long hikes through the Amazon. Dean James also required some healing and was told of his ailments. Interestingly, his wife was told that she would have a boy and did, while Dean was told that he had an issue with his spine, in addition to, having amoebas and parasites in his stomach, which became evident upon arriving back home.
Much of the documentary focussed on the healing powers that Ayahuasca can foster. It makes a strict point that the brew is not used for recreational use-in fact, that it is impossible to use recreationally- however it’s consumed for ceremonious healing. Being able to learn from the visions, whether past, present or future, teleportation or group telepathy. McKenna’s sound clips have really broken down the experience, as with the Ecuadorian shamans.