A best-selling author for 30 years, Carlos Castaneda inspired millions to break free from social dogma, fueling controversy over his work's authenticity and assertions of perceiving non-ordinary reality. Genius, guru, cult leader or fraud? No one really knows. Over three years in the making, this expose explores Castaneda's mythic impact, controversial teachings and cult following. Candid interviews coupled with innovative animation and experimental footage, offer an intense visual and intellectual experience. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
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I really believe he became so close with his own teachings, that he wanted to burn from within and go join don Juan, even if that was a fictitious person that he made up.
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I live in Mexico, I have read Castaneda's books, and this "enigma of a sorcerer" is a bad film. You will know what is Carlos Castaneda by reading his books, and searching the web for info. This documentary does not offer any interesting or some good info.
This films wants to be like "What The Bleep" for the visual effects and the "panel experts" but with bad effects (any computer with a visual effects like Winamp or I-tunes do the same)
Also does not talk about consciousness or different consciousness states, maybe I think that could be a film that explore perception and different human (sorcerer) powers, but none of this.
All that you need is the books.
Even for the new people who wants to know about him, i do not recommend this film.
Carlos Mexico City
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