Heaven Earth (movie)

Heaven Earth portrays all day activities of Percy, a peruvian healer and another western named Ron. Both live near Iquitos and work with ayahuasca.
Participants of ayahuasca ceremonies, touroperators and –guides, as well as western visionquesters recount episodes of their journeys and internal imagery, related to a growing global pop cultural phenomenon, swinging between psychotherapeutical healing procedure and spiritual sell-out.

The film follows indepth interviews of its protagonists and persons linked to the field of ayahuasca-shamanism in Iquitos and explores the social, and cultural framework of a global subculture.

Mestizo- and gringo herbalists recount episodes of daily life and their career histories. Amazonian tourists and western visionseekers report about interior spaces, motifs and passages of their journeys.
Representatives of the local tourism industry talk about guided tours, the psychoactive drink ayahuasca, vanishing indigenous cultures, spiritual sellout triggered by “experience consumerism” and discuss excursions into the surrounding rainforest of a jungle metropole.

Iquitos – a city affected by the change of time, fluctuating between tradition and modernity – a locus of cultural transition facing the impact of globalization and its sequences.

“Heaven Earth” from Harald Scherz on Vimeo.


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