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AYA: Awakenings --- the film

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The DVD is readying to go live:



http://www.aya-awakenings.com/watch.html




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AYA: Awakenings is a documentary journey into the world and visions of Amazonian shamanism, adapted from the cult book 'Aya: a Shamanic Odyssey' by Rak Razam.



As Razam sets out to document the booming business of Amazonian shamanism in the 21st century, he quickly finds himself caught up in a culture clash between the old world and the new. Braving a gringo trail of the soul, he uncovers a movement of ‘spiritual tourists’ coming from the West for a direct experience of the multi-dimensional reality shamanism connects one to.



Central to this is ayahuasca – the “vine of souls” – a legal South American entheogenic plant medicine that has been used by Amazonian people for millennia to heal physical ailments and to cleanse and purify the spirit, connecting it to the web of life. Western seekers also experiment with smokable dimethyltryptamine (DMT), and the juxtaposition of these two sacraments, and the way they are used by Westerners, is a central theme of the film.



In researching the mystery of ayahuasca, Razam undergoes his own shamanic initiation, undergoing numerous tests and trials in the jungle and the psychic landscapes the vine reveals. On the way he encounters a motley crew of characters, from rogue scientists that conduct DMT-brain scans on jungle psychonauts to indigenous and Western shamans that slowly unravel his cultured mind and reveal the magical landscape of the spirit world.



And the more he drinks this potent jungle medicine the deeper it leads him: from the wet jungle where the ayahuasca vine grows and on into the raging heart of consciousness itself. His journey culminates in the Sacred Valley of the Andes, where secrets of the ancient Incas are revealed to him and the true nature of the global resurgence in shamanism is brought to light.



By blending narration directly from the book with video footage, interviews with practicing curanderos, samples of traditional icaros or magic songs, photographs and cutting edge special effects, AYA: Awakenings reproduces the inner landscape of the visionary state in unprecedented detail, invoking an awakening in the viewer.



Featuring the artwork of Pablo Amaringo, Andy Debrenardi and more; written by Rak Razam and directed by Tim Parish, video editing by Verb Studios, soundscapes by Lulu Madill and music by Shpongle, Tipper, Darpan, Lula Cruz, Syren 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.



Edited by drugo
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Cheers for the link, just ordered a copy :)

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Got mine too, thanks. Missed out on the screenings when they were on.

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Has anyone received their dvd yet? Im still waiting on mine :(

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Still waiting too. Had forgotten about it till now.

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Was told will be a few weeks, throwing some extras and things in. I was worried my mail box had been tampered with hehe

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Anyone received there copy yet or heard when they will be sent out?

The only communication I have had was a reply email saying the dvd will be out in a few weeks which was in august and seen an update on FB on Sep10 saying it will be a few weeks.

Due to lack of communication from the sellers am started to feel scammed :(

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I was thinking about this the other day so looked back over my emails. The last one I got said it would be out near the end of 2013 so should be soon.

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And I obviously didnt read it properly. The email does say mid september.

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This should be easy to sort out with Rak if you contact him. I helped crowd fund this film 2and a half years ago and still haven't recevied a link to the film. I'm sure I'll get it eventually and did recently recieve an update saying i should get it soon. I saw the film at a screening a while back. I thought it was well done and well worth supporting. I see on fb that Rak is currently busy with a book launch.

It might be worth sending him a message on fb letting him know you're a little worried that the deal has gone south. I'm sure he will allay your fears. You know what these artistic types are like.......timelines....never straight.

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received this today... soooon

Hi xxxxx
I'd hoped to be writing with more solid information about the Aya DVD, which I can advise has been fully finished and the mastered files posted to the DVD author for completion this week. We hope to upload the files to the duplicator by Friday, or if posted, by early next week, and so the whole thing should be ready and back from them by late next week. Individual postage should then happen the first week of December. We're in the home stretch…!
Many thanks
Rak
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