Overview[ edit ] Born to Jewish-Ukrainian parents in Chile , Jodorowsky experienced an unhappy and alienated childhood, and so immersed himself in reading and writing poetry. Dropping out of college, he became involved in theater and in particular mime, working as a clown before founding his own theater troupe, the Teatro Mimico, in From he divided his time between Paris and Mexico City , in the former becoming a founding member of the anarchistic avant-garde Panic Movement of performance artists. In he created his first comic strip, Anibal 5, while in he directed his first feature film, the surrealist Fando y Lis , which caused a huge scandal in Mexico , eventually being banned. The result was The Holy Mountain , a surrealist exploration of western esotericism. Disagreements with Klein, however, led to both The Holy Mountain and El Topo failing to gain widespread distribution, although both became classics on the underground film circuit.
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The multifaceted artist has developed an alternative method of healing and freeing the sub-conscious through art which bears no relation to mainstream psychoanalysis. He believes the past, present and future act as one whole entity. At the same time I am in the past, the present and I am in the future. The future is there in us all, in the world, in each object, each being.
In reponse to the number of questions he was asked about his method of healing, the director explained how the therapy works. Sometimes it takes an hour for me to come up with a psychomagical task that the individual themselves must carry out. They become their own healer. It is the subconscious world. The director says he would like cinema to be used to solve spiritual problems.
The film was partly financed through a crowdfunding platform on social media which raised more than , euros. Around 2, people contributed financially to the making of the documentary. The third part of this trilogy has yet to be filmed. Psychomagic — A Healing Art is in cinemas from October 2. Share this article.
Psychomagic, an art that heals
Jodorowski's latest documentary explores 'psychomagic' and healing