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Aya: Awakenings (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Mystery | April 2013 (USA)
An experiential journalist ventures into the Amazon Jungle to discover the mysteries of a powerful visionary plant medicine and the shamans who work with it.

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'Aya: Awakenings' is an experiential journey into the world and visions of Ayahuasca, a powerful plant medicine from the Amazon which is has been utilized traditionally for millennia but has only recently been discovered by the modern world. Adapted from the cult book 'Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey by Rak Razam, the documentary follows Razam as he sets out to document the booming business of Amazonian shamanism in the 21st century. Razam quickly finds himself caught up in a culture clash between the old world and the new. Braving a gringo trail of the soul, he uncovers a movement of spiritual tourists coming from the west for a direct experience with the multi dimensional realities ayahuasca shamanism reportedly connects one with. Written by Anonymous

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For all those seeds the vine has touched and for those yet to awaken... See more »


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The book the film was based on, 'Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey', was re-released under the name 'Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey soon after the US release of the film. See more »

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Rak Razam: We Who Solve Mystery, Become Mystery
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Proof that ayahuasca doesn't always lead to enlightenment
6 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

The narrator/author Rak Razam comes across as someone who approached the experience more with the aim of writing a blog+book about it (which then got turned into this movie), rather than someone actually using ayahuasca as an opportunity for personal healing / spiritual growth. As such, it comes across like he was trying to spin-out as much as possible from his rather limited actual experience, and his descriptions of his experiences feel very overblown, and lacking in much reflection/wisdom.

There's plenty of other good movies on the subject of ayahuasca which I would recommend ahead of this one, i.e. The Sacred Science, anything about Gabor Mate's work, Tierra Vida An Ayahuasca Journey, DMT The Spirit Molecule, etc.


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