Is this documentary actually an infomercial for Ayahuasca? At times it sure does seem that way. All joking aside, of course, it is not. However, hundreds of infomercials are selling some new wonder drug that can cure this or that every day - that's a fact. "The Importance of Strange Perceptions" presents a strong case for using psychedelics to treat a wide range of psychological issues. One of those issues is drug addiction, and yes, addiction is considered a disease. Can Ayahuasca actually cure addiction? Or can it at least curb addiction? Many people interviewed in this film have claimed to have stopped using heroin after a few sessions using Ayahuasca - mushrooms (psilocybin) are also mentioned.
Now it's been 20 years since I last had a session with mushrooms, and thank God we were outside camping and had no plans of moving from that spot. I could never imagine consuming mushrooms for recreational use during a typical day. "The Importance of Strange Perceptions" puts forth many theories about our conscious world. Money, power, governments, and so on are just human constructs—a false reality. The subconscious is where the real world lies. The film claims that psychedelics can help the two understand each other. I actually believe this is true; I have felt it myself. However, do I want my daughter going off and tripping her brains into the unknown? Umm ... NO! I could never picture my parents on mushrooms, either! I have never tried Ayahuasca, so I cannot comment on its effects personally. However, If it's going to help people find some kind of spiritual awakening or stop them from using harder drugs. God bless. I, personally, believe it's just exchanging one drug for another. I'll stick with the 12 steps.
Technically this documentary is done very well. The editing must have been painstaking as images fly by every other second. There are also really great voiceovers and interviews. I laughed out loud many times. As I mentioned before, the film comes off as an infomercial of sorts which I believe was Moe Taylor's intention, but it's evident that this documentary comes from the heart; there is no doubt about that.
When it's all said and done, I believe the debate between natural healing and the giant pharmaceutical companies will rage forever. Thankfully we have freedom of choice. I give the film three and a half stars.