Psychedelic Movies and Documentaries

We’ve put together spiritual, psychedelic, trippy films and documentaries for you! If there is a movie we have skipped, you can share it by commenting.

Journey of Hanuman - 2013

Journey of Hanuman

Journey of Hanuman is not so much a film by conventional definition as an art piece – a meditative poem in audiovisual form. With layered cinematography, evocative music and voice-over poetry by the Noble Prize writer Octavio Paz, Mexican filmmaker Lola Creel hopes to “preserve the moments of India that have not been disturbed by globalization and are related to the spiritual ancient knowledge of that country”. Rather than relying on a traditional narrative, Creel uses her countryman Paz’s lyric experience of India (where he served as an ambassador from 1962-1968) to loosely link visual scenes ranging from a silhouetted snake charmer in front of the Palace of Winds in Jaipur to the ritualistic washing in the Ganges. There are also underwater shots inspired by the Sanskrit epic The Ramayana and a combination of classical Indian music and an original soundscore from the Kronos Quartet.

Baraka - 1992

Baraka

A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion. Baraka is a documentary film made in 1992. Its director is Ron Fricke. “Baraka” comes from a word in Arabic meaning “blessing”. The hut is a documentary that does not include any item commentary or voiceover.

Waking Life - 2001

Waking Life

Waking Life is a 2001 American animated fiction documentary-style drama, directed by Richard Linklater. The film explores a wide range of philosophical topics such as the nature of reality, dreams, consciousness, meaning of life, free will, existentialism.

Samsara - 2011

Samsara

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Ashes and Snow - 2005

Ashes and Snow

Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals.

Holy Motors - 2012

Holy Motors

Sacred Motors is a 2012 French-German film in the genre of fantastic drama. Directed and written by Leos Carax, the film starred Denis Lavant and Édith Scob.

Human - 2015

Human

Human is a 2015 documentary by French environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The film consists of almost exclusively aerial footage and first-person stories told to the camera.

Cloud Atlas - 2012

Cloud Atlas - 2012

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds (2012)

Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds

Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds is a documentary film created by Canadian film maker and meditation teacher Daniel Schmidt. The film was released in 2012. The film was released for free online. It has been narrated in English, French, Spanish, German and Hindi and there are subtitles for 17 languages.

DMT: The Spirit Molecule - 2010

DMT The Spirit Molecule (2010)

An investigation into the long-obscured mystery of dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found in nearly every living organism and considered the most potent psychedelic on Earth.

Being John Malkovich - 1999

Being John Malkovich - 1999

Being John Malkovich, 1999 film. The screenplay was written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze.

El abrazo de la serpiente - 2015

Embrace the serpent

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Mr. Nobody - 2009

A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn’t choose, anything is possible.

Terence McKenna's True Hallucinations - 2016

Terence McKenna's True Hallucinations (2016)

An experimental documentary about Terence McKenna’s adventure into the Amazon basin and the ideas that sprang from those events, resulting in an eschatological theory of time and a lifetime spent contemplating the power and meaning of psychedelic substances.

Groove - 2000

Groove

Groove is a 2000 American film directed by Greg Harrison. It portrays one night in the San Francisco underground rave scene. Through a single email, the word spreads that a huge rave is going to take place in an abandoned warehouse.

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