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The Wine of the Souls – Pilgrimage into the Heart of Santo Daime & Amazon Forest

The film “Wine of the Souls” follows six foreigners along their paths in search of healing, self-discovery and mystical experiences. They embark on a pilgrimage to the Amazonian Rainforest, the birthplace of the Santo Daime religion.

They come from very different backgrounds, and they are coming for very different reasons, too.

Gal had  just quit the isrealian army, and he wants to forget the traumas of this time. After travelling all South America as a typcial backpacker, experiencing  lots of sex&drugs&samba, he made 180 degree u-turn in his life after taking Daime for the first time.

Antonio Oxteik is an self proclaimed Maya-Priest from Mexico, and he is receiving instructions from the “Great Creator” to heal mankind as a whole, when he is drinking Daime.

Gwyn is a physician from the United States,  She has only one leg, and she is hoping to cure a cancer in her eye.

Jane is leading the clandestine Santo Daime Church in a small town in Oregon. She suffered severe opression in the U.S.A., and she is suffering delightfully in the jungle – from heat, middle age-hygienic conditions, and hundreds of bug-bites.

Dineke from Holland is a Juruá-Veteran. The retired teacher is the one, who most integrates in the life of Juruá.

Hendrik, also dutch, with 57 years the oldest and the intelectual of the group, has experienced all kinds
of psychedelic drugs and is looking out now for the “psychological dynamite”, which the Amazon jungle provides.

During the film, these protagonists are talking, often  with astonishing frankness,   about their expectations, about their hopes and anxieties, and their experiences during the three weeks of this spiritual journey.

At the end of the film, some of the protagonists appear again in the annual European Santo Daime-meeting in Amsterdam.

Here you have some more information on it
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Beatriz Caiuby Labate or Bia Labate was born in São Paulo in 1971. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in 1996. In 2000 she obtained a master’s degree in social anthropology from the same university, receiving the Prize for Best Master’s Thesis from the National Association for Graduate Studies in Social Science (ANPOCS). Her doctoral research in social anthropology at UNICAMP focuses on the internationalization of Peruvian ayahuasca “vegetalismo.” She is co-editor of the books O uso ritual da ayahuasca (Mercado de Letras 2002) and O uso ritual das plantas de poder (Mercado de Letras, 2005) and author of the book A reinvenção do uso da ayahuasca nos centros urbanos (Mercado de Letras, 2004). She is a researcher with the Nucleus for Interdisciplinary Studies of Psychoactives (NEIP). In February 2005 she founded Alto das Estrelas, a private institute which promotes political activism, anthropological research and public events, in addition to researching the cultivation and preparation of vegetal species.

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