David Graham Scott's documentary Iboga Nights, which I was thrilled to be a part of as the animator of a drug trip sequence, is screening at the 2014 Open City Docs Fest, London's global documentary film festival. It's also up for the Best UK Film Award. The film will be screening on Thursday the 19th of June at 6pm in the Cinema Tent. See more about the film here.
Iboga is a rainforest shrub and psychedelic that has been used for generations in West African possession rituals. Today in Europe, a burgeoning movement promotes iboga as a quick fix route to painless withdrawal from heroin addiction. In a Dutch suburb several addicts embark on the long night of psychedelic detox under the watchful eye of an experienced iboga practitioner. One client collapses and ends up on life- support. The provider is jailed. David Graham Scott (Detox or Die) investigates how truly effective, or dangerous, iboga is. Explicitly filmed from the drug- user’s point of view, this is fascinating and challenging viewing.
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