Screenings @ Oxford, King’s College London, Durham and UKC.

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As well as all the excitement with the festival in Belfast we’ve also been tripping around the country showing our film at various establishments of higher learning.

Big thanks to Peter Baker and Paolo Fortis at the Latin American Studies and Anthropology departments of Durham University, Laura Rival at the Anthropology department of Oxford University, Elisa Sampson at the Latin American Studies department of King’s College and William Rowlandson at the Hispanic Studies department of UKC for such glorious receptions and for organising such great events. It was a great pleasure to meet you all and join in the discussions after the film.



Yage is Our Life wins ‘Best International Short Film’ @ Respect Human Rights Film Festival in Belfast

A BIG BIG BIG ‘THANK YOU!’ to everyone at the Respect Human Rights Film Festival in Belfast for making us so welcome and for choosing Yage is Our Life as the winner of ‘Best International Short Film’.

We were really surprised and amazed to have won. It was a true honour to be part of the festival and we really didn’t expect to win an award. Thanks especially to Sean and Nicole and all the other volunteers for all of their hard work over the 5 days of the festival. It was a really nice few days and a great opportunity to meet other filmmakers, hear their stories and see the truly wonderful films they have made.

This award is dedicated to the communities of Putumayo, the Pueblo Cofan, the Pueblo Inga, the Pueblo Siona, the Pueblo Correguaje, the Pueblo Kamentsa for protecting and passing on the ancient knowledge of Yage. It is a huge encouragement to keep going forward to protect our human rights, to preserve traditional ways of life and make sure the gift of Yage is available to future generations.

Congratulations to everyone else who won awards and screened their films at the festival, especially Jesse and Jesse for ‘Radiance of Resistance’ and Alessandro Nunziata for ‘We Slowly Began to Die’. We saw some very moving and eye-opening works of cinema and it was a pleasure to be part of the event.




Recent Screenings of ‘Yage is Our Life’

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We’ve been well busy!!!

Here is what we’ve been up to:

14th August 2016 – Yage is Our Life had its world premiere at the World Social Forum in Montreal.

5th September – Heiner Doefler (founder of Yageceros and worked closely with us on the making of YIOL) presented the film at the Entheo-Science Conference in Berlin.

16 September – Lesly Vela (Ancestral Seeds co-founder and producer of YIOL) and Neil White (Ancestral Seeds co-founder and director of YIOL) presented the film at the Bureau Centre for the Arts in Blackburn.

1st October – Lesly Vela presented the film at the Beyond Psychedelics conference in Prague.

18th October – Lesly Vela, Neil White and David Gellman (Psychiatrist at the University of Southern California and worked closely with us on the making of YIOL) presented the film at Leeds University. Special thanks to Dr. Joey Whitfield, Dr. Rebecca Jarman and Dr. Thea Pitman.

19th October – Lesly Vela and David Gellman presented the film at the University of Manchester. Special thanks to Dr. James Scorer and Dr. Lúcia Sá. You can read a lovely write-up of it here.

26th October – Lesly Vela, Neil White, David Gellman and Sean Lovell presented the film at University College London. Special thanks to Dr. Par Engstrom, Dr. Oscar Martinez Gonzalez and Dr. Graham Woodgate.

2nd November – Lucy Bott (Ancestral Seeds volunteer) presented the film at the University of Liverpool. Special thanks to Dr. Niamh Thornton.

26th November – Lesly Vela presented the film at La Casa de Las Burbujas in San Antonio, Cali, Colombia. Special thanks to Mauricio Sanchez Aristizabal.

12th January 2017 – Lesly Vela and Neil White presented the film at the Central European University School of Public Policy in Budapest. Special thanks to Dr. Julia Buxton, Olena Fedyuk, Susanne Lane, Jeremy Braverman and Yoni Goldstein. Here is another lovely article about the event.

Thanks to everyone who has come to see the film and for joining in with some interesting and lively discussion!

If you haven’t seen it yet, there are still plenty of opportunities 😀 Details coming soon of the next screenings and we’re very much looking forward to seeing you all there!


2 more screenings in Berlin and Prague!


Last week’s world premier of “Yage is Our Life” at the World Social Forum in Montreal was a resounding success with loads of very positive feedback and some very kind words of support and encouragement.

Following on, we are delighted to announce that the film is soon to be shown at conferences in Berlin and Prague!

Our very own Lesly Vela (Producer) will be presenting the film at the Beyond Psychedelics Global Forum in Prague. The event, which takes place from the 30th of September to the 2nd of October, aims to create a platform for the global cooperation of various people with a professional or other interest in psychedelics and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience at the global level, incorporate cross-cultural perspectives and discuss global strategies about the existing and potential role of psychedelics in contemporary society.

The film will also be shown at the Entheo-Science Conference in Berlin which takes place from the 3rd to the 7th of September and will address topics related to mind-altering plants and substances in the context of consciousness studies, ethnobotany, spirituality, therapy and politics.

Thanks to everyone at these two fantastic events and if you can make it to either of them, it would be great to see you there!