Recently we sat down (virtually) with director Farzin Toussi and Kerry Rhodes to talk about their new documentary, The Medicine.

We talk about how Farzin’s journey lead him to discover Ayahuascha and why he felt drawn to make this documentary about this ancient medicine (or teacher as he calls it). Former NFL player, Kerry Rhodes, shares his personal experience of using Ayahuascha as a healing tool and its spiritual benefits. Both Kerry and Farzin tell us what it was like to sit down with Taita Juanito and they describe what an Ayahuascha ceremony is like when the cameras stop rolling.  The documentary also stars Shaman Taita Juanito and AnnaLynne McCord.

Interview by DaniElle DeLaite.

Plot: The Medicine reveals the hidden mysteries of one of nature’s most powerful and controversial healing remedies: Ayahuasca. Increasingly popular in the West, Ayahuasca is both a tradition in Amazonian shamanism and a promising new focus of mental health research. The Medicine introduces spiritual leader Taita Juanito Guillermo Chindoy Chindoy, both a teacher and student of the sacred plant in the Colombian Amazon, where Ayahuasca is known as Yagé. Former NFL safety Kerry Rhodes and actor AnnaLynne McCord, each facing personal struggles, are introduced to Ayahuasca by Taita Juanito, guided through a true ceremonial practice, and emerge with new insights. The Medicine also features leading scholars and authors exploring the cultural and scientific significance of Ayahuasca. Humanity faces an unprecedented rise in addiction, depression, and disease – can an ancient indigenous plant medicine help heal mankind? Perhaps the cure lies within the arms of Mother Nature.