AN EPISODIC DOCUMENTARY SERIES EXAMINING INDIGENOUS ENTHEOGENIC MEDICINES AND THE WESTERN SHAMANIC RESURGENCE

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COME ON AN INTIMATE JOURNEY INTO THE WORLD OF MODERN GLOBAL SHAMANISM WITH WESTERN PRACTITIONERS AND SEE NEVER BEFORE FILMED FOOTAGE OF ANCIENT MEDICINE PRACTICES…

Each episode will follow a specific medicine person working with a specific medicine. This first pilot episode features Dr. Octavio Rettig & The Sonoran Desert Toad.

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Indigenous people across the globe have used sacred plant medicines for millennia to heal, illuminate and connect them to the web of life. From ayahuasca and San Pedro in South America, psilocybin mushrooms and Salvia Divinorum in Mexico, Peyote in North America, Kambo in Brazil, Iboga in Africa, and DMT-acacias in Australia, etc., each of these psychoactive medicines needs a healer to connect them to their patients: the shaman.

This investigative-adventure documentary show will examine not just these shamanic medicines, but the shamans that wield them. Shamans of the Global Village will be unique with a focus on both indigenous and Western men and women learning to become shamans, what drives them, what their backgrounds are, and why the role of the shaman is vital in the 21st century. If, as Marshall McLuhan said, we are now a “global village”, then we need our own healers that understand the deep power and sacredness these plant medicines can reveal.

Journalist Rak Razam will interview and sit in ceremony, experiencing healing medicine ceremonies with Western shamans across the globe, in countries where these plants are legal. Razam will show how the modern shamanic resurgence is being passed on from indigenous tribes to these new wave medicine people working in the Global Village, in the cities and the jungles of the 21st century. The show will focus on personalities, not just medicines, to bring alive the role of the shaman in the modern world. 

HOST

Rak Razam is one of the world’s leading ‘experiential’ journalists, and author of the critically acclaimed book Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey and the companion volume of interviews, The Ayahuasca Sessions. He is a frequent lecturer on ayahuasca and the shamanic revival sweeping the West. He wrote, produced and co-directed the groundbreaking new visionary documentary Aya: Awakenings (www.aya-awakenings.com) and has been called one of the “leading spokespersons for the new paradigm”.

DIRECTOR

Niles Heckman is a director and cinematographer with a background creating visuals for high-end commercials, games cinematics, and Hollywood. He has been responsible for overseeing plate photography with New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, and Marvel Studios, and is a member of three Academy Award winning teams shared between the animated feature and visual effects categories and a VES Award recipient for outstanding achievement in virtual cinematography. His short film Supervised was released to festivals in 2013 and his second short film, Auroras was released in 2014. Always working to expand his artistic expression and personal growth into more conscious content, he directed and shot the pilot episode for Shamans of The Global Village in 2015 and his feature directorial debut for a documentary film entitled Transmutation is due for completion in 2017.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Michael Wiese is a producer, director, author, and publisher. Wiese was an entertainment executive with Showtime and later Vice President of Vestron Video where he launched comedy lines with Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal and over 300 other videos. He was responsible for creating video lines for National Geographic, Smithsonian, NOVA and PBS.

 He oversees Michael Wiese Productions (mwp.com) which publishes a line of over 140 professional filmmaking books throughout the world. 

RECURRING GUEST

Transformational healer, light worker, yogi, teacher, student, Dave Anahata lives in service to awakening truth, self realization and healing in humankind. Utilizing a fusion of modalities including yoga, meditation, breath work, Hakomi somatic therapy, and the facilitation of sacred medicines, Dave is on the forefront of consciousness exploration, employing a bold synthesis of traditions from the ancient future designed to inspire, ignite and empower. Dave places great attention on integration processes following breakthrough and transcendental experiences, emphasizing the importance of proper duty of care, support, grounding and directing of energies from these transformational experiences. Dave is dedicated to the sustainability and preservation of sacred earth medicines, the plants and animals that carry them, and their indigenous traditions as well as the continued development and evolution of sacred ceremony.

SHAMAN

Doctor Octavio Rettig is the focus of the first episode. He is a medical surgeon from the University of Guadalajara specializing in treating addictions. He has been working for over 15 years with traditional medicinal plants recognized as sacred plants or power plants within Mesoamerican cultures. He is a spokesman for the message of the councils of elders of indigenous communities in northern Mexico. He has been entrusted by the Seri tribe to communicate their message and spread their traditions and understanding. Dr. Rettig’s sessions incorporate ancient healing chants with the experience of the Sonoran Desert Toad (which contains 5-MeO-DMT). He has worked with the toad medicine for over seven years, during which he has given over 3,500 sessions treating serious cases of addiction to strong synthetic drugs like crystal meth (methamphetamine), and crack cocaine, achieving a high success rate with his patients, providing them with a new way of understanding life.

CREW

Writer and Host: Rak Razam
Director: Niles Heckman
Producer: Rak Razam
Executive Producer: Michael Wiese
Cinematography: Niles Heckman, Lonardo Bondani
Editing, Color Grade: AURORA-LAB
Sound Design & Mix: Andrew Scott Duncan
Location Producer: Leonardo Bondani
Line Producer: Dave Anahata
Associate Producers: Terra Celeste, Dean Schmidt
Sound Recording: Dave Anahata, Richard Nyari
Marketing: Onn Moore, Em’s Theory
Catering: Rochelle Fabb
Stylist: Jewelli Dollman

CAST

Dr. Octavio Rettig
Rak Razam
El Chapo
Dave Anahata
Don Pancho
Jewelli Dollman
Don Alberto
Richard Nyari
Tes Tesla
Josef Francisco Barnett
Rochelle Fabb
Alma Arieia Romero Astorgo
Kike
Violeta Mairani Morales Molina
Tico Barnett
Don Antonio Robles
Leonardo Bondani
Dr. Gerardo Sandoval Isacc
The villagers of Chuca Punta
Toads of the Sonoran Desert

PRODUCTION

ICARO FOUNDATION
AURORA-LAB
UMIIMU

SPECIAL THANKS

Michael Wiese
Geraldine Overton
Paulo O’Brian
Marie Capron
Joe Winke
Shannon Drake
Seri People
Lazarus the Toad

Additional Footage Provided by VideoBlocks, Additional Audio Provided by FreeSound.