Documentary Filming about Ayahuasca Healing at the Temple
Marc filmed our work throughout a 12-day retreat, with complete support of our healers and a wonderful group of guests who courageously shared their stories and healing experiences on camera in the interests of helping others. This is the first time we have allowed any filmmaker to film a full 12 day retreat and didn’t take the decision lightly.
Over the last few years he has sought advice about ayahuasca from MAPS, ICEERS and the Beckley Foundation, as well as filming with Brazilian neuro-scientists researching ayahuasca and its impact on depression. The debate regarding the safety, legality and use of ayahuasca needs to advance and we strongly believe that Marc’s film will both inspire and educate audiences and policy makers. Scenes filmed at The Temple will be incorporated into a longer film that will also cover issues concerning industrial development in the Amazon, indigenous rights, the loss of indigenous traditions and how Amazonian shamanism is increasingly being recognized as an ancient solution to psycho-spiritual disorders of the modern world.
About Marc Silver
Marc works worldwide as a filmmaker, director of photography and social impact strategist. He is Creative Director of The Filmmaker Fund and has directed films for The Guardian, The New York Times, Amnesty International, UNHCR, and has collaborated with artists such as Gael Garcia Bernal, Nitin Sawhney and Michael Nyman.
His first feature length film ‘Who Is Dayani Cristal?’ premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2013 where it won the Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary, followed by the Amnesty International Best Documentary award in 2014.
His second film ‘3½ Minutes’ premiered at Sundance earlier this year winning the US Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact and will be broadcast on HBO in November 2015.