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Ancient, indigenous practices and rituals are of great value and deserve to be respected (even if not believed). Seeking wisdom and understanding by getting closer to nature is also a major theme.
Positive Role Models
Stivelman is open-minded, courageous, and curious. Plácido is kind and patient.
Violence & Scariness
Animated segments feature some violent dream sequences involving the slaughtering of wild dogs. This is offered in context, and used to explain spiritual messages.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Plants like coca leaves are chewed to help with altitude sickness. Hallucination-causing fruits are consumed sparingly for specific, sacred rituals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Humano is a critically acclaimed documentary that follows a young man as he takes a spiritual journey in the Peruvian Andes with the help of a mystical priest. Animated depictions of dreams sometimes feature some violent images (like wild dogs being stabbed and killed), but these moments are offered in context. There are extensive conversations about, and some chewing, drinking, and smoking of natural plant and fruit hallucinogens, which play an important role in ancient spiritual rituals and in fighting sickness (and should only be consumed by informed, supervised adults).
Is It Any Good?
This intimate and fascinating documentary offers an insightful look into the spiritual awakening of a young man thanks to his sense of adventure and lack of prejudice. But what makes his journey particularly interesting is the glimpse it offers into the sacred and ancient beliefs and rituals of the Q'ero, an isolated ethnic group who are considered the last direct descendants of the Inca. Plácido, who appears to have some significant contact with the occidental (Western) world, deconstructs some of the foundations of his people's belief system in ways that those who live modern lifestyles can understand. This creates a simple, but eloquent overarching narrative that encourages self-reflection as Stivelman seeks his own purpose. If viewers are willing to watch Humano with an open mind, they'll discover a beautiful film that reminds us that our dissatisfactions in life are often a result of seeing materialism as a natural state of things, and forgetting the importance of maintaining our human connections with the natural world.
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