We are taken on a journey of mystical revelations in ‘Descending the Mountain’ – a fascinating, artistically crafted documentary film following Psychiatrist Franz and zen monk Vanja through a ground-breaking scientific experiment located on the majestic and magnetic Mt. Rigi of Switzerland to understand if and how, when united, psilocybin and meditation might expand our understanding of the nature of consciousness.
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 transcendent 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