On the edge of the Peruvian forest, the Takiwasi center welcomes
and treats drug addicts from all over the world. Combining
psychotherapy and traditional Amazonian medicines, their
method for treating addiction is unique.
For nine months, patients live behind closed doors, learning how
to create new meaningful social bonds with one another, while
facing all aspects of themselves. Purging plants are used to
detoxify the body and mind, whilevision plants, such as
ayahuasca, allow for an immersion into the unconscious during
which patients explore the complexities of memory and identity.
In a setting where everything is ritualized, the center acts as a
theater of physical and psychological transformations.

Louis Bidou and Aurélie Marques
Director
Louis BIDOU and Aurélie Marques
Writer
Confluences Humaines
Producer

Project Title (Original Language):
La voie des plantes : ceux qui voulaient guérir
Project Type:
Documentary
Genres:
Discovery, adventure, observational
Runtime:
1 hour 27 minutes
Completion Date:
October 31, 2019
Country of Origin:
France
Country of Filming:
Peru
Language:
English, Spanish