Documentary Filming about Ayahuasca Healing at the Temple
In November 2015, award winning human rights filmmaker Marc Silver attended his second 12 day retreat as part of a feature length documentary he is making about ayahuasca. He plans to return to film during several more retreats to complete his work. Here is a video teaser for the project (use password AYA2018 to view).
Marc films 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 Silver is an award winning filmmaker and director of the Oscar shortlisted and Emmy nominated feature doc, 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets. It premiered at the Sundance Festival 2015, winning the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact.
His first feature length film Who is Dayani Cristal ? premiered at the Sundance Festival 2013, where it won the Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary and the Amnesty International Best Documentary Award 2014.
In 2017, his third feature length film, To End A War, about the peace process with the FARC was released in Colombia.
Marc’s most recent work was for the Guardian’s Cambridge Analytica / Facebook data breach story, making the first film about whistleblower Christopher Wylie.
In 2018/19, Marc will be embedded inside Amnesty International researching ideas related to future technologies and their impact on human rights.