USA / SOUTH KOREA / ECUADOR 78 MIN, 2021
With a Shuar shaman as their guide, six intrepid souls journey into the Amazon Rainforest to consume ayahuasca, a ceremonial brew containing the world's most powerful psychedelic drug, which they believe will cure them of their respective mental disorders and addictions.
An acclaimed Korean-Canadian filmmaker of humanitarian cinema, Hyun-jun received his bachelor’s degree in film studies and theater at Chung-Ang University, master’s in multimedia communications at Academy of Art University and PhD in film production at Dongguk University. Since then, he has directed and produced a number of features and shorts such as Yellow Wind (2016), TranSiam (2011), and Alive in Havana (2010), which have screened in numerous film festivals all across the globe. Among his documentary work, Bira (2015), which screened at the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, received much critical acclaim and media attention as it captured unprecedented footage of daily life in North Korea. Hyun-jun is currently a professor in the journalism and visual communications department at Keimyung University in South Korea and regularly travels abroad in pursuit of his documentary work.
- Visions du Reel International Film Festival / Switzerland
DOKer 2021 — Dok Therapy