THE WIND OF AYUHUASCA
Director: Nora de Izcue Run Time: 88 min. Release Year: 1983 Language: Spanish
Restored in 2018 in cooperation with the Perú Ministry of Culture, THE WIND OF AYAHUASCA was the first film to offer an authentic and honest depiction of an ayahuasca healing ceremony and the first Peruvian feature by a woman director.
In Iquitos, gateway to the Peruvian Amazon, Nexy (Silvia Chávez) lives on the margins, sometimes as a sex worker, haunted by the memories and folklore of her rural childhood. She meets Miguel (Johnny Palacios) a sociologist visiting from Lima, studying the spiritual traditions and socioeconomic disparities of the region. Miguel encourages Nexy to consult a curandero (Melitón Delgado), who suggests she participate in a healing ceremony. Together, they travel into the jungle, seeking to deepen the healing in a natural environment. When Nexy vanishes, both Miguel and Melitón seek guidance from ayahuasca, and experience profound revelations while in the embrace of the medicine.