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Río Branco will become the world epicenter for Ayahuasca in films. AYAFILM 2016 steps in as the 1st film festival about Ayahuasca. We’ll share and reward the best current selection of feature and documentary films.


Official world premiere poster, courtesy Conibo Productions © 2016.


A filmic tapestry about the meeting of cultures, a West in search of its lost soul and the indigenous Shipibo adapting their expansive practices and unique view of the universe.

Looking for a miracle, Angelina lands at a healing center in the Peruvian Amazon where shamans minister to a group of foreign psychonauts seeking transcendence, companionship, and the secrets of life and death. Her perceptions altered by the ancient psychedelic plant known as ayahuasca, she bonds with Arturo, a young indigenous shaman who is losing his eyesight. In their hallucinogenic journeys together they attain a different sense of their destinies. She learns to accept her fears while Arturo, in turn, realizes that he will be able to see in the dark and sing his ceremonial healing songs, the icaros. This is a film shaped like a shamanic journey, steeped in a psychoactive brew, exploring fear and destiny in the jungle of the mind. VARIETY calls it “a work of beguiling grace”.

Official Section

Directed by Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi
Produced by Abou Farman
Written by Leonor Caraballo, Matteo Norzi and Abou Farman
Runtime: 90 min – Format: Long Feature film
Languages: Spanish, English – Subtitles: English
Year: 2016 – Country: Perú – USA


At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in ‘Embrace of the Serpent’, the third feature by Ciro Guerra.

Karamakate, once a powerful Amazonian shaman, is the last survivor of his people and lives now in voluntary isolation in the depths of the jungle. Years of solitude left him empty, devoid of emotions and memories. His life turns around when he’s visited in his hideout by Evan, an american ethnobotanist searching for Yakruna, a powerful plant that can teach men to dream. The shaman decides to guide the foreigner through his quest, and together they start a journey to the heart of the jungle, where past, present and future interweave, allowing them to recover their memories. These remembrances bring on a great pain that won’t set Karamakate free until he transmits the ancestral knowledge that seemed bound to be lost forever.

Official Section

Directed by Ciro Guerra
Cast: Brionne Davis, Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolívar, Jan Bijvoet, Nicolás Cancino, Yauenkü Migue, Luigi Sciamanna
Runtime: 125 min – Format: Long Feature Film
Languages: Spanish, Portuguese, German – Subtitles: English
Year: 2015 – Country: Colombia – Venezuela – Argentina
Contact: Official Website and Trailer




Argentinian Rock, Amazonian cumbia and an Ayahuasca Trip: a road movie through the Amazon River.

he story of the Santoro Brothers, rock pioneers from Argentina in the late sixties. One of them -today an old rocker- arrives to Iquitos (Perú) to take part in the Ayahuasca healing his brother planned before passing away. An old notebook will guide him through the jungle and his own ghosts.
True Ayahuasca curanderos from the Peruvian Amazon participate in the film.

Official Section

Directed by Gianfranco Quattrini
Produced by Luis Puenzo, Esteban Puenzo, César Fajardo, Rosanna Seregni and Gianfranco Quattrini
Written by Gianfranco Quattrini, Lucía Puenzo and Leonel D’agostino
Músic by Ariel Minimal, Marcelo Chaves, Lito Castro and Agustín Rivas Vásquez
Cast: Robertino Granados, Manu Fanego, Emi Carrazzone, Agustín Rivas Vásquez, Lucho Cáceres, Camila Perissé, Santiago Pedrero, Rafael Ferro and Dona Cotrina
Runtime: 85 min – Format: Long Feature Film
Language: Spanish – Subtitles: English
Year: 2015 – Country: Argentina – Perú – Italia
Contact: Facebook


Icaros explores the deep spiritual universe of the Shipibo indigenous people who live by the Ucayali river, one of the main tributaries in the Peruvian Amazon. Young Mokan Rono starts a fascinating journey into the ancestral knowledge of Ayahuasca, guided by a wise shaman and his mother, grand master healer.

Official Section

Directed by Georgina Barreiro
Produced by Georgina Barreiro and Mokan Rono
Cinematography by Leonardo Val
Runtime: 70 min
Format: Long Documentary Film
Language: Shipibo
Subtitles: Spanish
Year: 2014
Country: Argentina – Perú
Contact: Facebook



The Space in Between: Marina Abramovic and Brazil

A mixture between road movie and spiritual thriller, the documentary brings an unprecedented approach of the intimate creative process of one of the most important artists of our time.

Marina Abramović travels through Brazil, in search of personal healing and artistic inspiration, experiencing sacred rituals and revealing her creative process. The route is comprised of poignant encounters with healers and sages from the Brazilian countryside, exploring the limits between art and spirituality. The film features healing sessions with the medium John of God in Abadiania, herb healers in Chapada dos Veadeiros, spiritual rituals at Vale do Amanhecer in Brasilia, the strength of religious syncretism in Bahia, ayahuasca in Chapada Diamantina, shamanic processes in Curitiba and energy of crystals in Minas Gerais. This external trip triggers in Marina a profound introspective journey through memories, pain and past experiences.

Official Section

Directed by Marco Del Fiol
Produced by Jasmin Pinho y Minom Pinho
Runtime: 87 min
Format: Long Documentary Film
Language: English – Subtitles: English
Year: 2015 – Country: Brazil
Website and trailer:


Drink the Jungle

AYAHUASCA follows a group of seekers through a traditional ayahuasca retreat, documenting their experiences, insights and healing. Filmed at SpiritQuest Sanctuary near lquitos, Peru, AYAHUASCA is the new long feature directed by Mitch Schulz, director of DMT: The Spirit Molecule.

Official Section

Directed by Mitch Schultz
Produced by Aubrey Marcus in collaboration with Mithaphi
Runtime: 52 min
Format: Long Documentary Film
Language: English
Year: 2016 – Country: USA
Contact: Official Website


The Reality of Truth

The Reality of Truth

What if you already know?

This highly provocative documentary explores the relationship between spirituality, religion, and plant medicine. Featuring top thought leaders including Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Marianne Williamson, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and hosted by Mike “Zappy” Zapolin, the film explores how to access the true reality through plant medicine, Ayahuasca and meditation. It includes first of its kind interviews with top spiritual gurus, celebrities, and people of all faiths, about this intriguing connection and their personal experiences with spirituality and transcendence.

Official Section

Directed by Michael “Zappy” Zapolin/Laurent Levy – Executive Producers: Michael “Zappy” Zapolin/Peter Janssen/Laurent Levy – Associate Producer: Michelle Rodríguez – Producer: Adam Singer – Cast: Michelle Rodriguez, Deepak Chopra, Michael “Zappy” Zapolin, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Marianne Williamson, Foster Gamble, Ram Dass, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Aubrey Marcus, Bruce Lipton, Gurmukh, John Hagelin, Peter Coyote, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Shiva Rea, Gerard Armond Powell, Brandee Alessandra
Runtime: 70 min – Format: Long Documentary Feature – Language: English – Subtitles: Spanish – Year: 2016 – Country: USA – Website:

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A brief history of origins and ramifications in ritual ayahuasca use, within the popular brazilian religiosity of Santo Daime.

Official Section

Direcred, written and edited by André Sampaio
Produced by Tiago Melo
Cinematography by Taís Nardi
Sound by Luís Eduardo Carmo
Runtime: 70 min
Format: Long Documentary Film
Language: Portuguese – Subtitles: English
Year: 2015 – Country: Brazil
Website: Uranio Filmes – Encanteria

Imperio da Floresta



Pilot Episode: Octavio Rettig and the Sonoran Desert Toad

Indigenous people across the globe have used sacred plant medicines for millenia to heal, illuminate and connect them to the web of life. All around the world, each of these psychoactive medicines needs a healer to connect them to their patients: the Shaman.
This investigative-adventure and episodic documentary series examines not just shamanic medicines, but the shamans that wield them. Shamans of the Global Village will be unique with a focus on both indigenous and Western men and women learning to become shamans, what drives them, what their backgrounds are, and why the role of the shaman is vital in the 21st century.

Special Presentation

Hosted by Rak Razam – Directed by Niles Heckman
Executive Producer Michael Wiese
Runtime: 60 min
Format: Documentary Series
Language: English – Year: 2016 – Country: USA
Official Site:


A Journey into The Heart of Shipibo Shamanism.

“I could not communicate what had happened to me — all my reality was shattered. You know, you’re 35 years old and you build up an idea of the nature of reality through the information you have accepted from your culture. And suddenly you have an experience that you can’t deny that makes a big break through all your beliefs. You are lost in a realm where suddenly you have to consider – what is the nature of reality? I had a very hard time, actually. It was beautiful what I learned, it was a gift, but it was really hard, especially socially. I went back and had more ceremonies for two or three years. And then I started to make Other Worlds. I started to meet scientists who have a different view and who are still scientists — they are still people from our culture. And so I started to make bridges.” – Jan Kounen

Retrospective Section

Directed by Jan Kounen
Produced by Jan Kounen, Ariel Zeitoun, Hugues Darmois and Dileep Singh Rathore
Runtime: 90 min
Format: Long Documentary Film
Language: French – Subtitles: English
Year: 2004 – Country: France


El Viento del Ayahuasca


A strange love story in the context of magical and religious beliefs in the peruvian Amazon.

Miguel, a sociologist from Lima on holidays in Iquitos, meets by chance Nexy, a ghetto girl, ocasional prostitute dominated by her fear of yacurunas, fantastical beings from jungle mythology. Miguel decides to help her, joining in her visit to a curandero, and meeting the mysteries of Ayahuasca. All three will travel into the jungle searching for further healing in nature, at the source of a magical dimension that becomes stronger as they go deeper. But the clash of personalities and cultures is inevitable, and Nexy disappears without trace. Her search becomes for Miguel the search to understand the reality he is discovering, and to accept that strange world as part of his own..

Retrospective Section

Written and Directed by Nora De Izcue
With Silvia Chávez, Johnny Palacios, Melitón Delgado y Alicia Vda. De Delgado
Cinematography by Jorge Vignati – Gianfranco Annichini
Produced by Kinoks Filmaciones y el Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos
Runtime: 85 min – Format: Long Feature Film
Language: Spanish – Year: 1982 – Country: Perú


This is a study on the history and work of the research center Takiwasi, based in the High Amazon region of Peru. The center uses Traditional Amazonian Medicine combined with Western psychology to achieve a high success rate in the treatment of severe drug addiction, depression and other ailments with patients from around the globe as well as from the local community.
Takiwasi relies on a multinational staff of western-trained doctors, psychologists, molecular biologists and therapists as well as traditional healers. The center is very clear in its message of integration and articulation of western science and traditional methods to produce a therapeutical protocol aimed at the best possible results for their patients. Ayahuasca is a central part of the treatment, with weekly sessions held at the center within a strictly controlled protocol of preparation and follow-up. The results are impressive and something to explore.

Official Section

Directed by Ricardo D’Aguiar and Christopher Zahlten
Cinematography by Ricardo D’Aguiar
Runtime: 82 min – Format: Long Documentary Feature
Language: English/French/Spanish – Subtitles: English
Year: 2016 – Country: Brasil
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