DVD - 2017
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The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a 'calling' to grow or just a 'broken brain'? This documentary explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.
Publisher: [Corte Madera, California] : Green Planet Films, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Credits: Directors of photography, Kevin Tomlinson, Phil Borges ; editors, Jason Reid, Darren Lund ; original music, Jason Staczek.
Language Note: English, Spanish, Dutch or German dialogue; subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
Copyright Date: ©2017
UPC: 714497274324
Call Number: DVD 616.891 CRAZYWISE


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Mar 10, 2019

This is an amazing film. Director Phil Borges had interviewed around 40 shamans from all over the world and found they got their start in similar ways. In their teens or early 20’s they started hearing things others did not hear and seeing things others did not see. They were identified as having a special gift or sensitivity and had mentors to train them how to use their abilities as shamans to help their communities. He draws a comparison with the much different treatment for the same experiences that young people in the West receive from the mental health system.

I wouldn't have my elementary school age child watch as it is real and raw. As a parent I would watch it myself first for age 11 and up to make a personal decision on when to show it to them.

For resources related to the film:

There is a good Ted Talk by Phil Borges while in the process of making the film with over two million views. It was posted February 23, 2014 titled Psychosis or Spiritual Awakening: Phil Borges at TEDx UMKC.

There is a great interview of Ekhaya, one of the subjects of the film by Madness Radio and posted October 1, 2017. The interview touches on some of the training she underwent to become a shaman. I found it to be a great follow up after watching the movie.


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