Keynote speaker biography

Jan Kounen

Director and Filmmaker

Jan Kounen, the director and film-maker has made such movies as Dobermann (1997), Blueberry (Renegade) (2004), and Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009). He is also well known for his interest in Shipibo-Conibo culture and shamanism with which he became familiar during his trips to Peru.

He is also the author of the book:
Visionary Ayahuasca: A Manual for Therapeutic and Spiritual Journeys

He is co-authored of the book with Jeremy Narby and Vincent Ravalec:
The Psychotropic Mind: The World According to Ayahuasca, Iboga, and Shamanism

Conference session

Other Worlds

‘Other Worlds’, the acclaimed documentary by French filmmaker Jan Kounen, is an informative and intriguing journey into the cosmology of Ayahuasca shamanism practiced in the Peruvian Amazon. Ayahuasca, the holy sacrament which the indigenous people and Shamans of the Amazon have known for thousands of years is a powerful holistic purgative medicine capable of great healing and transformation. In this documentary Jan Kounen reveals the healing power of the Shamans and their plant teachers. This power is a type of ancestral psychoanalysis or human psychotherapy backed by four thousand years of experience and practice.

Filmed mostly in the Peruvian Amazon, it features several internationally distinguished luminaries and shamans who are interviewed about the nature of the Ayahuasca experience. This includes Jeremy Narby, the visionary artists Pablo Amaringo and Alex Grey, Stanislav Grof, the famed French graphic artist Jean Giraud (Moebius) and also Rick Strassman author of ‘DMT: The Spirit Molecule’.

‘Other Worlds’ was awarded the Grand Prix Documentary 2004 in the Festival Mondial held in Brazil.

At this conference, Jan Kounen will introduce and discuss many of the aspects raised in the movie, and after showing the documentary we will have an interactive Q&A with him.