Sons and Fathers: The Last Shaman Review


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The Last Shaman is an award-winning documentary film that tells the story of a father and son’s journey to heal the son’s PTSD through traditional shamanic healing practices. The film has been well-received by audiences and critics alike, with many praising it for its moving and powerful storytelling. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the film and discuss what makes it so special. We’ll also explore some of the themes and ideas that it explores, such as father-son relationships, PTSD, and shamanism. So if you’re interested in psychology, or in films that deal with emotional and powerful stories, then be sure to read on!

The Last Shaman and the movie Into the Wild intersect in a very important area for me: anger. Especially the anger towards the authoritarian and oppressive father causes both boys to turn towards a common goal: the common goal of both male characters is to get away from their father, family, and the rest of the civilization. One prefers to go to Alaska, the other to Peru and deep into the Amazons.

In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

There is an important difference that separates the two young men from each other. As described in the book Into the Wild, Christopher does not think that he is psychologically ill, and aims to be liberated, not healed, to combat the situation he is in.

the last shaman - review
The Last Shaman – Review

The Last Shaman – Review

In the Last Shaman film, James’s a young man who states that he is unwell and attempts to recover.

One of the most interesting things about these two men to me is their father-son relationship. They have a strong animosity towards their fathers. This rage fuels their hatred for themselves and others.

Christopher’s compassion, sincerity, and love for others in Into the Wild are rather outstanding. In reality, Christopher, who wishes to be free from others and enjoy complete joy, has the capability to influence other people’s lives through love in his quest for fulfillment.

But in The Last Shaman, James is unable to love or be loved. He feels he is apathetic, which drives him into a deep depression, and that he will benefit from availing himself of the possibilities of modern medicine and psychiatry for an extended period to recover from this chronic sadness.

He is volunteering for his own treatment of electro-shock therapy while in hospital. Medications and even cognitive behavioral therapy and group therapies are offered by psychiatrists. However, James feels that none of these psychological treatments are helpful for him, and with suicidal ideas, he refuses all therapies and travels to Peru.

We also learn that, according to James, he experienced love and happiness in his childhood but lost them as he got older. That’s exactly what James is complaining about. He says that he feels nothing, has no motivation, or passion for life, and that even when he sees a stunning woman, he is cold.

In the book, James explains it himself. He emphasizes his father’s attempts to raise him with a focus on achievement throughout The Last Shaman. He works in a competitive industry and is under a lot of pressure. James is furious with his father for a variety of reasons, particularly because he feels powerless. He’s afraid to open up to anyone, since they might not understand or sympathize with him.

Around the world, boys’ anger towards their dads is quite typical. If this fury is uncontrollable, it might lead to dangerous tantrums. The attention and care that wasn’t offered by their father become a negative feeling for them in the future when they reflect on it. Many men struggle with their father’s rage problem, but few conquer it completely.

James, in The Last Shaman, goes to Peruvian shamans for assistance in overcoming his sickness, but many shamans use a combination of herbal liquids known as ayahuasca for financial gain. When James finds out about it, he goes to the Amazon and lives with a local tribe for around 5 months. In this community, a local shaman known as Pepe aids him. Pepe does so in order to help others rather than to profit like other shamans. A teacher-student relationship evolves between him and James as a result of it.

For four months, James, who follows Pepe’s instructions, is fed only five different plants and animals. James’ body of drugs and animal foods is cleansed, and he sees life inside the tribe as well. He discovers that the kids of the tribe are raised in love and freedom away from tyranny, which is good for him to see.

After his breakup with Pepe, James believes it’s time to return home, having been away from his family for 5 months. For James, Ayahuasca is nothing more than a tool. Despite the fact that he claims he has not fully recovered, James strives to establish a more intimate connection with his mother and father, believing that feelings of love and life energy are back. At the conclusion of The Last Shaman, seeing James grin provides some comfort for the audience.

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I am studying in Florida about Dialectic Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I'm doing research on Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET), Cognitive psychology, Metacognitive Therapy.

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