Coming to theatres today, Friday, May 12:
THE LAST SHAMAN
A depressive affluent twentysomething seeks out ayahuasca as a last resort to ease his suffering.
James, having suffered from debilitating depression for several years, places all of his hopes in tracking down ayahuasca, pledging to commit suicide if it doesn’t work. Degan tracks his protagonist as he travels to Peru to seek out a shaman who will help him, only to witness the commodification of the ancient ritual, with conmen more than willing to take advantage of curious and desperate gringos. Even Ron, a dubious white man-turned-shaman is unable or unwilling to help the needy, and frankly annoying James. Finally, James finds Pepe, a village shaman who seems genuine in his desire to help others, but the latter finds he ultimately must sacrifice everything as a result of assisting James. While James’ condition improves, and, with it his insufferable arrogance and behavior, he remains an unpleasant subject in a project that is not particularly distinguished from several others which have focused on ayahuasca.