Entheogen refers to 'God within us', those plant substances that, when ingested, give one a divine experience, in the past commonly called hallucinogens, psychedelics, psychotomimetics (Wasson, 1988). Many pharmaceuticals are derived from these plants whose chemical compounds are now extracted, synthesized and concentrated in laboratories.
This highly controversial documentary explores the relationship between, Spirituality, Religion, and Psychedelics. Lead by "Zappy" Zapolin, the film explores the many myths about reality, and includes first of its kind interviews with top spiritual gurus, celebrities, and people of all faiths, about this intriguing connection, and their personal experiences with spirituality and transcendence. Throughout history human beings have searched for gateways to spirituality that have included meditation, prayer, and natural substances. The Judeo Christian religions, Vedic traditions, and Shamanistic rituals, all incorporate techniques focused on transcending. Today scientists are able to measure the effects, real and perceived, on the human brain and mind. By exploring how to use the current knowledge and techniques available to society, we can tap into true spirituality, and awakening. The awareness created by the film worldwide is meant to break through the "illusion of reality," and allow viewers to move forward toward a more meaningful and peaceful future. The filmmakers are conducting interviews with today's thought leaders from around the globe, while capturing the culture and energy of some of the most spiritual places on earth, including Maui, Peru, Rome, and Fairfield Iowa.
Dirty Pictures is an award-winning film about the life and work of Sasha Shulgin, directed by Étienne Sauret, an independent documentary filmmaker based in NYC who has produced and directed feature documentaries for over twenty years.
SYNOPSIS: Alexander Sasha Shulgin is the scientist associated with more than 200 psychedelic compounds including MDMA, more commonly known as Ecstasy. Considered to be one of the greatest chemists of the 20th century, Sasha’s vast array of discoveries have had a profound impact in the field of psychedelic research, making him a subject of fascination and controversy among fellow scientists and a folk hero to recreational users of psychedelics.
Dirty Pictures uncovers the lifework of Dr. Shulgin and takes viewers inside his Northern California home where he lives with his wife of 33 years and continues to carry out experiments in a makeshift laboratory. Director Étienne Sauret likewise delves into the broader world of psychedelic research where the fields of chemistry, neuroscience and philosophy intersect and investigates whether or not this particular field could aid in solving the deepest mysteries of the human mind.