This is an insanely good movie. It's not for everyone...but it should be! :) (trailer below)
There is an incredibly powerful weave of storylines & messages here. The obvious, and those woven deeper: (here are a number of the one's that hit me on the head....all while telling a wonderfully provocative and adventurous,awkward and yet somehow peaceful tale)
- one must leave it all behind, before they can be prepared for what is coming, the answer lies in surrender
- modern living is unlikely to be truly advanced
- there are deep, intelligent, and extremely evolved truths baked into native/aboriginal cultures that we're losing
- there are more answers in nature than we know, and yet....we are natural
- here's a more scholarly summary for the smarties out there (LOVED IT!)
The plot follows two German, white mens' journeys into the depths of the Amazon. The paths are fraught with challenges, some physical, others spiritual. Most importantly, their journeys intersect on the movies main character, who is incredibly beautifully portrayed as a young man by Nilbio Torres...
and as an older man by Antonio Bolivar:
The movie is carefully written, shot in black-and-white, and I feel compelled to watch it again in order to more fully appreciate the layers. Spanish with English subtitles, I know I missed crucial messages, in translation and just gapping.
It explores contextual use of hallucinogens as "just one" of the magics of the natural world. Embrace the Serpent offers shout-outs to the caapi vine link to the use of Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca has exploded onto my radar over the last 5 years or so, and while I haven't explored it, that hasn't been for lack of interest. A couple of people I count as close have, and had profound, life-changing experiences...both reaching new levels of 'one-ness' with their environments. Note, one of them also had a pretty shitty trip.
One day maybe, I'll explore (shrug) - doesn't feel like this life is ready for a 'hard-left' yet. LOL!
Anyway, if you're curious, here's the trailer. I actually found this does an injustice to the beauty of the movie.