‘Descending the Mountain’ takes us on a journey of mystical revelations, experienced through meditation and psilocybin.
To understand how psychedelics reveal the nature of consciousness, psychiatrist Franz and zen monk Vanja guide experienced meditators – who have never used psychedelics before – through a ground-breaking scientific experiment on the majestic Swiss Mount Rigi.
Leaving the iconic visuals of the 60’s behind, Nevejan allows animation, sound, and A.I. visual art to create a contemporary rendering of the mystical experience of oneness with nature.
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Prof Media and film studies University Amsterdam
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“Descending the Mountain is exemplary for the current psychedelic renaissance. In the hallucinating setting of the Swiss mountains and the serenity of a monastery surrounded by nature, Maartje Nevejan takes us on an audio-visual journey through expanded consciousness. As in her previous work Are You There? she uses various subtle techniques to document the enhanced reality of inner experiences. Visually surprising and with a mesmerizing sound track this film literally opens doors of perception akin to the effects of psychedelics.”
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Feature Documentary Film, 78 minutes
Subtitels: English, French, Spanish, Dutch and German
Production: Switzerland/the Netherlands
World premiere: Fall 2021