The Path of The Sun

  • SUPER DELUXE

    What You Get:
    Q'ero Mystics of Peru +
    Ayahuasca Nature's Greatest Gift +
    Q'ero In Search of the Last Incas (Movie by Mo Fini) +
    Andean Folk Songs Digital CD from Tumi Music +
    La Ventana Digital CD by Shimshai +
    1 hour of Special Bonus Footage from Q'ero Mystics of Peru +
    1 hour of Special Bonus Footage from Ayahausca Nature's Greatest Gift +
    Medicine Songs by Ayahuasquero Ronald Rivera +
    Q'ero Pincullo Flute Songs by Pampamisayuq Don Augustin +
    3 Bonus MP3's from Shimshai

  • BONUS DELUXE

    What You Get:
    Q'ero In Search of the Last Incas (Movie by Mo Fini) +
    Andean Folk Songs Digital CD from Tumi Music +
    La Ventana Digital CD by Shimshai +
    Special Bonus Footage from Q'ero Mystics of Peru +
    Special Bonus Footage from Ayahausca Nature's Greatest Gift +
    3 Bonus MP3's from Shimshai

  • LIGHT OF THE ANDES

    What You Get:
    Q'ero Mystics of Peru
    Ayahuasca Nature's Greatest Gift
    Light of the Andes (an e-book about shamanic wisdom from Peru by Dr. J. E. Williams)
    Special Bonus Footage - Extended Interviews with Dr. J. E Williams
    3 Bonus MP3's from Shimshai

  • THE PATH OF THE SUN "DELUXE"

    What You Get:
    Q'ero Mystics of Peru +
    Ayahausca Nature's Greatest Gift +
    Q'ero In Search of the Last Inca a rare historical Q'ero film by Mo Fini +
    Digital Music Download CD featuring 13 MP3's of Folk Music from the Andes +
    Special Bonus Footage +
    3 Bonus MP3's from Shimshai

  • THE PATH OF THE SUN "COMPLETE"

    What You Get:
    Q'ero Mystics of Peru +
    Ayahuasca Natures Greatest Gift

  • Q'ERO MYSTICS OF PERU

    What You Get:
    Q'ero Mystics of Peru
    Run Time: 1 Hour

  • AYAHUASCA NATURE'S GREATEST GIFT

    What You Get:
    Ayahuasca Nature's Greatest Gift
    Run Time: 1:05:30

  • BONUS SHIMSHAI MP3

    What You Get:
    Please enjoy an MP3 of Las Flores by Shimshai. This special version of the song was recorded by Shimshai exclusively for the The Path Of The Sun. It is based on a special performance he gave in Peru and is a favorite amongst fans.

About The Movie

The Path of the Sun is a two-part documentary film series about shamanism, ancient wisdom and the powerful healing offered by the medicinal plant AYAHUASCA. The film answers questions about life, our existence and "the value shamanism and ayahuasca can offer the global community in the 21st century?" Indigenous cultures understand their existence from a unique perspective. Their knowledge and belief systems are guided by experience and observation handed down orally over the ages. Many mystical traditions learn from and heal with medicinal plants. Their shaman ingest foul tasting and intensely hallucinogenic concoctions such as ayahuasca, which allow them to travel into the spirit world in order to learn, grow, and heal. The Path of the Sun provides answers to questions about our existence, spirituality, psychology, personal development, our relationship with nature and healing. The film explores in detail the burgeoning ayahuasca tourism boom, the dangers of amazonian ayahuasca travel and the immense healing benefits of ayahuasca such as the potential to cure psychological issues and disorders, as well as offer successful treatment options for PTSD and addictions to alcohol and harmful drugs. The basis for the conclusions offered in the film derive from over eighteen interviews with authors, anthropologists, therapists and practitioners of two mystical and shamanic cultures: Q'ero Mystics of Peru with a run time of just under 1 hour focuses on the mystical practices of the Q'ero Indians of the high Andes, and how their relationship to energy, consciousness and the supernatural can better our lives and offer a path to happiness and joy.  The Q'ero are an endearing group of indigenous farmers and mystics that live at altitudes exceeding 14,000 feet.  Until the 1950's they lived in relative isolation and had little to do with the outside world. However, in recent years due to a prophecy they have been reaching out to the west and embracing the idea that their ways are not secret, but open for all to learn. They have a beautiful nature based tradition that truly comes from the heart and love for man and our environment.  They have something valuable to offer the west as it relates to the interrelationship between Kausay (vital living energy), consciousness, the material world and the supernatural realms. Ayahuasca Nature's Greatest Gift with a run time of 1 hour explores the benefits of the medicinal plant ayahuasca.  Many topics are discussed by leading experts including ayahuasca's benefits as a tool for personal growth, the exploration of the supernatural and the field of psychotherapy, it’s potential therapeutic value as a powerful medicine for healing (including discussions about the the use of ayahuasca for the treatment of depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, phobias, PTSD, drug and alcohol addiction), the burgeoning ayahuasca tourism industry and the dangers of travel to third world countries, especially the Amazon, the "dieta" or ayahuasca diet, curanderos, ayhuasqueros and shaman, the ayahuasca experience, the ayahuasca ceremony, the ritual and ceremony, how the brew is made, Icaros and more...
  • Cast

    • Ethnopharmacologist & PharmacognosistDr. Dennis McKenna, PhD
    • Author of Singing to The PlantsDr. Stephan Beyer, PhD
    • Psychotherapist & Author of Healing from the Gods, Ayahuasca and the Curing of Disease StatesDr. Maggie Quinlan, PhD
    • Ethnomusicologist & Filmmaker of From Grief and Joy We SingDr. Holly Wissler, PhD
    • Author of Light of the Andes & The Andean CodexDr. J.E. Williams, OMD
    • Author of Masters of the Living Energy & Ayahuasca: The Visionary Healing Powers of the Vine of the SoulJoan Parisi Wilcox
    • Author of The Return of the InkaElizabeth Jenkins
    • AnthropologistJuan Nunez Del Prado
    • Anthropologist & Founder of the Museum of Magical and Medicinal PlantsAlejandro Caminos
    • Psychotherapist & Ayahuasca HealerEbert Carillo Chavez
    • Ayahuasquero & CuranderoRonald Rivera Cachique
    • Maestro Ayahuasquero & CuranderoDon Ignacio Duri
    • Maestro Ayahuasquero & CuranderoDon Luis Colquitron
    • Elder Grandfather of the Q’eros Nation & Q'ero PampamisayuqcDon Humberto Soncco
    • Q'ero PampamisayuqDona Bernadina Apassa
    • Q'ero PampamisayuqDon Andres Flores
    • Q'ero PampamisayuqRolando Soncco
    • Q'ero PampamisayuqGuillermo Soncco

    Crew

    • DirectorSeti Gershberg
    • ProducerSeti Gershberg
    • Director of PhotographySeti Gershberg
    • EditorSeti Gershberg
    • Visual EffectsSeti Gershberg
    • PhotographySeti Gershberg
    • MusicShimshai
    • Visionary ArtistPablo Amaringo
    • Visionary ArtistMisha Esterkin
    • Visionary ArtistShawn Hocking
    • Director of Photography Historical FootageMo Fini
    • 1st Camera KickstarterElise Noella May
    • 1st Camera MinnesotaJohn Robinet
    • TranslationLuz maria Zuniga Estrada
    • TranslationCarolyn
    • TranscriptionLuz maria Zuniga Estrada
    • Additional PhotographySwiatoslaw Wojtkowiak
    • Additional PhotographyGeremia Commetti
  • REWARDS FOR KICKSTARTER BACKERS

    Aug 28, 2014 / Seti

    The day is finally fast approaching.

    On September 1, 2014 THE PATH OF THE SUN will be officially released to the public. This includes the distribution of Kickstarter Rewards. If you contributed to the project's Kickstarter campaign you will be receiving a separate e-mail that contains your reward code that will allow you to stream and download both films that make up THE PATH OF THE SUN documentary series about shamanism, consciousness and the medicinal plant ayahuasca.  

    The e-mail will contain three coupon codes.  

    The first reward code is your Kickstarter reward which entitles you to stream and download both films.

    Q'ero Mystics of Peru

    Ayahausca Nature's Greatest Gift

    The second reward code is a 50% off coupon for the purchase of the BONUS DELUXE package. This package includes bonus material not included in the Kickstarter reward. This package includes an extra film by Mo Fini who traveled to Q'eros in 1993 and shot a documentary. Some of the historic footage from his film appears in The Path of the Sun. The bonus package also includes 2 music CD's. One is from Shimshai who produced the music for The Path of the Sun, and the other is from Tumi Music and is filled with Andean Folk songs. There is also 2 hours of extra bonus footage and interview material from both films from The Path of the Sun.

    This package includes:

    Q'ero In Search of the Last Incas (Movie by Mo Fini) +  

    Andean Folk Songs Digital CD from Tumi Music +  

    La Ventana Digital CD by Shimshai +  

    1 hour of Special Bonus Footage from Q'ero Mystics of Peru +

    1 hour of Special Bonus Footage from Ayahausca Nature's Greatest Gift +

    3 Bonus MP3's from Shimshai

    The third reward code is for your friends and family. You may distribute this coupon code to people who you think would enjoy The Path of the Sun. The reward is for 50% off the SUPER DELUXE package which includes everything. All the movies, music and bonus footage.

    This Package includes:

    Q'ero Mystics of Peru + 

    Ayahuasca Nature's Greatest Gift + 

    Q'ero In Search of the Last Incas (Movie by Mo Fini) + 

    Andean Folk Songs Digital CD from Tumi Music + 

    La Ventana Digital CD by Shimshai + 

    1 hour of Special Bonus Footage from Q'ero Mystics of Peru +

    1 hour of Special Bonus Footage from Ayahausca Nature's Greatest Gift +

    Medicine Songs by Ayahuasquero Ronald Rivera + 

    Q'ero Pincullo Flute Songs by Pampamisayuq Don Augustin + 

    Special Bonus Footage +

    3 Bonus MP3's from Shimshai

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    This project has been an amazing three year journey and I am thrilled to be able to provide you with the films.  I hope you enjoy them.  Making them would not have been possible without your financial support.  As an independant artist participating in the changing landscape of movie production and distribution outside the mainstream Hollywood industry I can attest to the experience being one of both wonderment and challenge. In order for filmmakers and artists to prosper we need the collaboration of financial backers - and in today's Internet driven world this means that you, our fans play an integral role in both our survival and ability to deliver art that is worthy.  Today's world is about partnership.  Artists provide the art and fans provide the financial support. So I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Best

    Seti Gershberg

    Ask Me Anything - Reddit

    Aug 24, 2014 / Seti

    ASK ME ANYTHING! (online event)

    Facebook Invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/371804976305389/?context=create&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=49

    Seti Gershberg is an Anthropologist and Filmmaker who spent two years in Peru studying shamanism and filming a two part documentary film series on mysticism and the medicinal plant ayahuasca.The Film The Path of The Sun consists of two feature length documentary films: Q'ero Mystics of Peru https://embed.vhx.tv/packages/2823 and Ayahausca Nature's Greatest Gift https://embed.vhx.tv/packages/2823

    This event will take place on Reddit www.reddit.com in the r/iama subreddit

    Seti will be available all morning to discuss the topic of shamanism, the film series, filmmaking in general, ayahuasca, mid-life career changing, or any other topic you wish to ask him.

    Participants in the event will receive a 50% discount coupon to purchase the film and bonus material after the event.

     Official Selection!

    Aug 04, 2014 / Seti

    Ayahausca Nature's Greatest Gift has been selected to be screened at the ICEERS (International Center for Ethnobotanical Education & Research) Ayahausca World 2014 conference film festival.

    The World Ayahuasca Conference 2014, organized by the ICEERS Foundation, aims to be a multidisciplinary event that brings together leading scientists, legal experts, practitioners. environmentalists and other experts involved in the ayahuasca field, facilitating the interchange of experience and knowledge, and the birth of new synergies and collaborations through the formal presentations and round tables, workshops and debates, as well as the informal events of the conference.

    You can read more about the conference here: http://www.aya2014.com/en/

    And, more about ICEERS here: http://www.iceers.org/index.php?lang=en

    Best,

    Seti Gershberg

    Filmmaker

    MOVIE UPDATE & COUPON FOR FREE MP3

    Aug 02, 2014 / Seti

    Hi everyone,

    The word is leaking out that THE PATH OF THE SUN has ben completed and the official release date is September 1, 2014.  On that date or a few days prior anyone who has pre-ordered the film including all KICKSTARTER partners will receive an e-mail with access instructions - you will be able to both stream and download the movie in HD.  

    The project has been very rewarding and I am getting some good feedback from a few people who have seen it in its entirety.

    As a gift of appreciation and to raise awareness for the film I am offering a FREE download of Las Flores, a medicine song by Shimshai.  You can find the song by going to www.thepathofthesun.com and selecting MP3 download.  Ignore the $1.99 fee and when you click the link enter the code FREEMP3 and you will be able to download the song at no charge.

    Shimshai provided both the music and narration for the film.

    In the meantime, please keep spreading the word.  You may also send the coupon code to people who you think may enjoy the film.  There is a limited number of coupons, but that number has not yet been reached.

    As always if you have any questions please send me an e-mail.

    Best,

    Seti Gershberg

    Official Release Date Announced

    Jul 19, 2014 / Seti

    The official release date for THE PATH OF THE SUN is September 1, 2014.

    The film will be available for pre-order, so watch your inbox our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thepathofthesun for an announcement.

    Several packages will be offered for pre-orders that include the full film, parts 1 and 2 individually, and bonus materials including photos and music downloads.

    Kickstarter funders will receive a link so they can stream and download the movie on the release date. 

    Best,

    Seti Gershberg

    Filmmaker

  • Director

    This Is My Story… Unless you know me, you will find I am a unique individual and live life according to a favorite quote from the great American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” This mindset has led me to explore the cutting edge of presenting imagery and ultimately to film The Path Of The Sun. I began working with images in 2003 when I teamed up with DJ’s in the Chicago area who wanted to create moods and environments that combined electronic dance music with abstract video projection during their performances.  Throughout the decade that followed I honed my skills in the art of capturing and editing video through the use of still cameras and digital video equipment. By the time 2011 rolled around I was adept at cinematography, editing and motion graphics.  I decided I wanted to take things to another level. To tell a story. In college I received a degree in Anthropology and for a long time I had wanted to combine my academic interests with my thirst for adventure and my love for film. I had also around that time met a shaman from the Lakota Tribe who had invited me to a number of medicine ceremonies with other native americans like the Navajo and Huichol (Mexico), who also work with the sacred cactus peyote. During one of the ceremonies the medicine talked to me loud and clear and my journey to create The Path Of The Sun was set. The Path Of The Sun was a journey into the mystic beliefs of ancient indigenous thought and the practice of jungle shaman who use medicinal plants for healing.  I had long been interested in the practices of “medicine men” and given my recent reacquaintance with plant medicine I wanted to find out if shamanism had as much value for others as it had for me. I did my research, put my plan into action and headed to Peru for two years. In that time I worked and lived with two shamanic groups and filmed their ways.   In November of 2010 I launched a successful Kickstarter program, and in June of 2013 I returned to the US and began editing.  On January 1, 2014 I moved to Malibu, CA to be closer to the film industry and complete The Path of the Sun.  The last few years has been quite a rewarding adventure that I owe to shamanic thought and what it has taught me. I am excited to now after three years bring you The Path Of The Sun. If you have questions about the film, want advise about ayahausca or working with Q’ero, or even how best to travel to Peru to safely enjoy an ayahuasca experience, you may contact me at sgershberg at gmail dot com Best, Seti Gershberg Filmmaker
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