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Iboga Nights (2014)

David Graham Scott's 2004 film DETOX OR DIE documented how, with a single dose of iboga, he quit his drug addiction, inspiring others to do the same. Iboga has long been used in African ... See full summary »

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David Graham Scott's 2004 film DETOX OR DIE documented how, with a single dose of iboga, he quit his drug addiction, inspiring others to do the same. Iboga has long been used in African religious ceremonies. Now the West promotes iboga for swift, painless withdrawal. Just how effective is iboga? In Holland David films addicts undergoing a long night of psychedelic detox, watched by an experienced iboga practitioner. One client collapses, ends up on life-support, and the provider is jailed. David begins to question the safety of iboga treatment. The film culminates with a nerve-wracking iboga session in London with the director himself administering the treatment! How does David justify involving himself so deeply in this controversial treatment? Is it the addict's perfect quick fix? Written by Anonymous

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Runner up for Best Film at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016. See more »

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Inspired bit of documentary film making
6 January 2015 | by jerryhydeSee all my reviews

I felt moved to tears as the credits rolled, it's a very sensitive, balanced and inspirational piece of heartfelt gonzo film making.

I seem to recall that Kieślowski's A Short Film about Killing had the effect of having the death penalty abolished in Poland. Truly great film really can be so much more than entertainment, it can bring about humanitarian change and in that sense Iboga Nights is a really important work.

David Graham Scott's approach is unusually non invasive and sensitive, but this is clearly because he is part of the story rather than a voyeur. This film has no agenda, it's not damning drug use nor is it ramming a new magic bullet down our throats. It's simply asking the question, does Iboga help people? It could so easily have gone for the grime and filth of a junkie's existence but instead it shows dignity within the desperation, the people beyond the habit. I watch a lot of documentary film but it's rare that I discover work of such unmanipulative caliber, I really hope this film gets the attention it so richly deserves, it's clearly a labor of love


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28 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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