A contemporary masterpiece of eco-therapy. Nine youths perform a ten-day initiation ceremony, at the heart of which is a thre day and night solo fast in the high desert of the Inyo Mountains in eastern California. On their return the initiates are greeted by teachers and family who listen as they attempt to come to terms with death, torn families, the deep frustration of adolescence, and with powerful resolve to make the transition to adulthood. Probes at the heart of the modern adolescent dilemma with gentle, lyrical, heart-wrenching strokes, even as it reveals a new yet very old way for youth and their parents to celebrate their coming of age.
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This incredibly beautiful documentary shows us adolescents discovering and facing their darkest fears, their stark loneliness, pain at the loss of a loved one, and their doubts about the future. The transformation that occurs in their self esteem, their authenticity and capacity to love after having been on a Vision quest is profound material which will inspire heartfelt discussions at high school assemblies, PTA groups, teen clubs and scout troops. --Natalie Rogers, Ph.D, author and therapist
This video, and the work of Steven Foster and Meredith Little, will inspire and embolden many to follow their own true path, the path of heart. --Eric Utne, founder of Utne Reader
This video is a very powerful educational tool that should be widely available to young people and to the adults who care for them. I've never shown a video that people responded to so strongly. --Mary Gomes, Professor of Ecopsychology, Sonoma State University, co-editor, Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind
Producer/Director Kim Shelton has been a documentary filmmaker for the past 30 years. Her award-winning films, The Highly Exalted, Cowboy Poets, Tuscarora, Lost Borders, and A Great Wonder have been broadcast both nationally and internationally. More information about them can be found on the following web sites: bullfrogfilms.com, folkstreams.net and agreatwonder.com.
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