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The Secret of Carlos Castaneda (a Film by Vladimir Maykov) (March 27, 2019, 17:00)

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Welcome to Film by Vladimir Maykov "The Secret of Carlos Castaned "
This film feature Castaneda’s closest apprentices as well as major experts in modern spiritually oriented psychology who lift the veil on the greatest mystery of his life: the stormy search of how to become REAL.
Entrance to the film and the meeting - by special invitations and tickets:
The film screening will take place as part of the international exhibition of symbolic art "VISIONARY ART | journey of visionary art & awards".
Date screening of the film:
27 March 2018, 17.00
Exhibition dates:
26-31 March 2018, working hours: 11.00-20.00
Opening of the exhibition: March 26, 2019, 18.00
Exhibition and film screening address:
Moscow house of Artists (Moscow, Kuznetsky Most str., 11).


The Secret of Carlos Castaneda (a Film by Vladimir Maykov)

An investigation of his life, views, creative endeavor and impact on humanity (A Documentary Detective)

Carlos Castaneda is often called the “godfather” of the human potential movement. His name and life are surrounded by many contradictions, fictions and legends.I’ve read Castaneda's first four books in 1980 and for many years I’ve became his admirer and the researcher of his world that is not surprising: millions of people in different countries, including A. Tarkovsky, F. Fellini, A. Jodorowsky, D. Lynch, J. Lucas, O. Stone, G.G. Márquez, K. Fuentes, J. Rulfo, Octavio Paz, P. L. Travers (author Mary Poppins), Jim Morrison (Doors), V. Pelevinand others admired him. Its books directly affected the trilogy "Matrix", "Star Wars"and many other well-known cultural projects.

This film feature Castaneda’s closest apprentices as well as major experts in modern spiritually oriented psychology who lift the veil on the greatest mystery of his life: the stormy search of how to become REAL.

Arnold and Amy Mindell
Bruce Wagner
Michael Harner
Michael Murphy
Renata Murez
Sergey Moskalev
Stanislav Grof
Stanley Krippner
Sven Doehner
Toni Karam

In new film by Vladimir Maykov “The Secret of Carlos Castaneda”

Castaneda captivated the minds of many searchers when he published his first books of confessions about his apprenticeship with Don Juan - a Yaqui tribe Indian. After many years of unsuccessful attempts to locate real Don Juan and cross-cultural research into Castaneda’s texts there emerged doubts as to their scientific authenticity. However, his gift to humanity might well surpass that of science.

Castaneda's books have been of great interest among millions of readers worldwide over the last forty years. Their popularity coincided with the spread of counter-culture, rock- and psychedelic revolution as well as vast interest toward ancient traditions and oriental teachings.

The film is based on interview with people who personally knew Castaneda and, sometimes, played an important role in his life. Some of them are already died, others are in old age, the other (close apprentices) had never spoke about him so frankly and, probably, will never speak. Therefore, a lot of stuff in this film are unique and becomes known to general public for the first time.

Castaneda tried not to leave any traces, practicing "erasing of personal history" and even now there is no traces of his videos and only a few authentic photos. Herefor the first time we can feel real Castaneda in bright portraits of his close communicants.

Many readers consider Castaneda limited, rational and silly person, - as it described himself, especially in the first books, - whereas in life as apprentices and great psychologists speak about him, he was the true genius with gift of mimic and the parody who could mimic anybody with great sense of humor.

He was amazing story-teller, who used stories from his life as the teaching tools for apprenticesclarifying the most difficult moments of a Way of Knowledge. His literary talent was comparable with talent of great classics of the Latin American fantastic realism: Gabriel García Márquez, Carlos Fuentes, JuanRulfo, JulioCortázar. He knew by heart most of Spanish-speaking lyrical poetry and was very gentle and attentive friend.

The explanation of uniqueness of tradition of Don Juan and the reason of its dissimilarity on all other authentic Latin American traditions is for the first time offered. The reality of all heroes described in its books is confirmed.

The difficult and inconsistent question about reality of all situations described in its books and about possible loans from the advanced world philosophy and ethnography is cleared up. Keys to understanding of texts of Castaneda from the different periods of creativity are provided.

Castaneda has been able to manifesthumanquest for perfection and helped millions of people to find their Way. Castaneda’s Don Juan has reminded humanity of what our consensus reality is and how it came to be. We are all limited in our perceptions, the world is given to us through the scope of human concepts and ideas. Castaneda has revealed us a great mystery of how Reality is cooked in the kitchen of Being...

Different art tools were used for recreated the atmosphere of Castaneda’sbooks – Don Juang's world. It’s Mexican composer Jorge Reyes who has transmitted theatmosphere of ancient Toltecs, Aztecs and the Maya whose music is played in the film. Cactuses, mountains, valleys, thickets of bushes and ancient ruins remind us about of atmosphere of Castaneda’s books.

The movie is devoted to Michael Harner's (1929 – 2018) memory, – the American anthropologist who supported Castaneda in writing of the first books about Don Huan, – and VasilyMaksimov (1938 – 2014), – the translator of the first books Castaneda published with the Samizdat in 1980.

All interviews for the movie were made by Vladimir Maykov.


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