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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Insightful docu has some violent imagery, hallucinogens.

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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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