"Cactus, Love, Mountains: A Psychedelic Journey with Huachuma" is a documentary film that tackles one very important aspect of the self: self-love.
In today's world, there is a prevalent issue concerning this aspect of life, where people tend to diminish their self-love while directing their energies towards others and engaging in stressful tasks that often do more harm than good.
During this transformative journey involving a magical liquid known as Huachuma, all participants in the ritual experience a profound connection with both themselves and the universe they inhabit.
Kai (Kaitz) Ilya Brebner's short film follows a spiritual journey and, through this, goes into a very immersive spectrum of life. The camera follows the participants, and it becomes one with them at some point. The set-up is dreamy, and having the chance to get the silence that can trigger the depths of the heart is breathtaking. The production of this short documentary is impressive, offering the viewer not just a glimpse into the life of the psychedelic journey, but instead, it triggers an unknown pleasure of finding the silence within.
Every narrative in this film begins at a common juncture: the encounter with a stranger in the mirror. It's that pivotal moment when you look at your reflection and no longer recognize the person staring back at you. It occurs more frequently than anticipated, and we often find ourselves unsure of how to respond. Kai (Kaitz) Ilya Brebner's short film provides a potential answer to the profound question of 'Who am I?' by embarking on a spiritual journey capable of transforming one's life and uncertainties. There remains an abundance of aspects we are yet to comprehend about ourselves, with numerous avenues available for exploration. Through this film, viewers can delve into the depths of their souls and embark on a path of self-discovery.
Review written by Vlad A.G