The Last Shaman
Documentary, 77 minutes, English & Spanish, NR
Weekend of July 7 | FRI 5:30 | SAT 1 & 7:30 | SUN 3
James is an all American boy whose promising life is brought to a halt by acute depression. Turning his back on the most progressive western treatments and medicines, James discovers ayahuasca in search of healing in the Peruvian jungle. Over the course of 10 months venturing from Shaman to Shaman, James finds friendship, answers and a kind of redemption hidden deep in the Peruvian amazon.
It’s possible to have doubts about ayahuasca (which, we learn, has been increasingly commercialized) and still find Mr. Freeman’s resolve uplifting. Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times