ICAROS: A VISION
September 18 only
Ismail Ali, Policy & Advocacy Counsel for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) to speak after the film! *
Looking for a miracle, Angelina lands at a healing center in the Peruvian Amazon where shamans minister to a group of foreign psychonauts seeking transcendence, companionship, and the secrets of life and death. Her perceptions altered by the ancient psychedelic plant known as ayahuasca, she bonds with Arturo, a young indigenous shaman who is losing his eyesight. In their hallucinogenic journeys together they attain a different sense of their destinies. She learns to accept her fears while Arturo, in turn, realizes that he will be able to see in the dark and sing his ceremonial healing songs, the icaros.
Filmmakers Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi have deftly handled this drama by drawing from their own experiences, allowing for a uniquely stirring film that touches on the notions of friendship, familial bonds, and the fear of the unknown. Visually inventive and hypnotic in nature, Icaros: A Vision captivates with its meditative look at a little-seen world, punctuated by truly trippy depictions of ceremonial splendor.
Directed by Leonor Caraballo, Matteo Norzi; Written by Leonor Caraballo, Matteo Norzi & Abou Farman. With Ana Cecilia Stieglitz, Arturo Izquierdo & Filippo Timi. DCP. 91 mins.
“Mesmerizing…You’ll come out of it with your head spinning, in a good way.” Critics Pick.
— Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times
* Ismail is Policy & Advocacy Counsel for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), where he advocates to eliminate barriers to psychedelic therapy and research, develops and implements legal and policy strategy, and coordinates support for clinical research in Latin America. Ismail is licensed to practice law in the state of California and also serves as Vice-Chair of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Board of Directors.
Ismail believes that psychedelic consciousness is a crucial piece of challenging oppression in all of its forms, and that legal access to psychedelics is an essential part of a progressive drug policy paradigm. This evening Ismail will address the topic of Ayahuasca: Personal & Political Perspectives.
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