Aya: Awakenings


Feature Film

“A multisensory, multidimensional mindblower, leaving the viewer stunned, invigorated and filled with reverent awe for the Great Mystery.” – Damon Orion, Reality Sandwich

What is Amazonian shamanism and why is it important to the world today, as we stand on the brink of environmental change and global transformation? Traveling on a magazine assignment

to Peru, “experiential journalist” Rak Razam sets out to discover the answers. He joins a growing movement of Western tourists coming for the legal experience of ayahuasca – the “vine of souls” a South American hallucinogenic plant that is said to heal, and connect to the divine.

Razam lyrically documents his experiences with the vine and his burgeoning relationship with the plants. He parallels his story with the history of Amazonian shamanism and the current surge of Western interest, using advances in modern physics and consciousness research to provide a definitive overview of this fast-growing global subculture and the impact it is having on the world. And the more he drinks this potent jungle medicine the deeper it leads him: from the wet jungles where the ayahuasca vine grows to the middle of the Amazon, and on into the raging heart of consciousness itself.

This film is for those people who are interested in not just shamanism, but what it represents – a direct connection to the planet and a spiritual way to engage with the world. Razam’s journalistic eye for detail captures a unique adventure that echoes the archetypal Western quest, propelling the reader on a cosmological travel memoir that is at turns beautiful, terrifying, mind-blowing and ultimately, cathartic.

The film features the artwork of Pablo Amaringo, Andy Debernardi and more; written by Rak Razam and directed by Tim Parish, video editing by Verb Studios, soundscapes by Lulu Madill and music by electronic music greats Shpongle, Tipper, Darpan, Lulacruza, Maneesh de Moor and curanderos Norma Panduro, Guillermo Arevalo, Percy Garcia Lozano, Ron Wheelock and Kevin Furnas, this documentary charts the Global Shamanic Resurgence born in the jungles of Peru and reaching out to embrace the world.