Directed by Niles Heckman and hosted by Rak Razam, Shamans of the Global Village covers the resurgence of shamanistic practices in the West. Each episode will cover a shaman and a particular ethnogenic medicine she or he incorporates in their practice. The series’ planned episodes are listed below.
The first episode—premier date is October 1, 2016—features Dr. Octavio Rettig, a medical surgeon from the University of Guadalajara who specializes in addiction treatment. The medicine he uses is safely harvested from the Sonoran Desert toad. It contains 5-MeO-DMT.
The episode includes dramatic coverage of a small group of people undergoing this treatment during a ceremony on a bright, cloudless day in the Sonoran Desert. Rettig appears to be a thoroughly sincere, highly knowledgeable, and humble practitioner fully committed to helping people with his vast array of shamanistic practices.
Shamans of the Global Village brings the viewer up close and personal with both the shaman and the people she or he serve. For yours truly the series is a must-see. This is what the best of documentary films do. They bring us crucial information and images that would be nigh impossible to find for ourselves.
The series is executive produced by publisher/filmmaker/author Michael Wiese.
The series’ creators are Rak Razam and Niles Heckman. Razam hosts, and Heckman directs. Episodes, beginning October 1, are available directly from the series’ website.
The full season plan—in no particular order:
5-MeO-DMT — Sonoran Desert Toad — Mexico
Psilocybin Mushrooms — USA/Mexico
Ayahuasca, the ‘Vine of Souls’ — Peru
San Pedro Cactus — Chavin, Peru
Salvia Divinorum — UK/Mexico
Peyote — USA
Kambo, the ‘Kiss of the Frog’ — Brazil
Iboga — Gabon
Cannabis — USA
Amanita Muscaria — Lapland
Acacias — Australia
Haoma / Syrian Rue — Iran