THE LAST SHAMAN (Docaviv International Documetary Film Festival Tel Aviv Israel 2016)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

The Last Shaman film’s primary value seems to be showing an audience that Shamans follow a similar pattern of treatment as Western trained physicians follow: 1) If this medicine doesn’t work, perhaps this new medicine will help and 2) If one doctor isn’t healing, then perhaps a change of doctors, errr, Shamans will help. The  movie affords first hand viewing of third world healing methods, one of which is: allow a complete stranger to bury you up to your nose in jungle dirt and then abandon you for hours to whatever may be lurking in the jungle before returning to unearth you. That’s a lot of trust to bestow on humans operating outside of one's own ethical and cleanliness  standards. All tongue-in-cheek aside, the film is a bit of a disappointment because James still does not seem reconciled to his parents after undergoing jungle therapy for depression and his parents seem more stressed than ever over his health and welfare. But, the film does do service to Raz Dagan’s directing effort and camera recording as he covers in detail each Shaman’s healing attempt from inducing drug stupors to encouragement of a release of copious amounts of quite foreign looking materials through vomiting. 

Storyline

James suffers from deep depression and seeks help from Peruvian Shamans.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Raz Dagan for directing efforts. Additional characters/cast include: James Freeman.

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It is educational and can be viewed, feasibly, while involved in another light  activity.

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