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DESCENDING THE MOUNTAIN takes us on a journey of mystical revelations, experienced through meditation and psilocybin. To understand how psychedelics reveal the nature of consciousness, psychiatrist Franz and Zen master Vanja guide experienced meditators – who have never used psychedelics before – through a ground-breaking scientific experiment on the majestic Swiss Mount Rigi. The doc blends visual art, spiritual understanding, and scientific research. Fairylike animation and A.I. art visualize the mystical experience that reminds us of how much our consciousness and the nature that surrounds us, are interconnected.

Category Documentary
Director Maartje Nevejan
Production Global Inside
Country Switzerland, Netherlands
Format HD, DCP
Runtime 78 min
Year 2021
Language English, German
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, Dutch, German
Genre Health, Human Interest, Nature & Environment, Science, Society


  • Insight, Germany (2021)
  • InScience Film Festival Nijmegen, The Netherlands (2021)
  • International Buddhist Film Festival (IBFF), USA (2021)
  • Psychedelic Music and Film Festival, USA (2021)
  • Academia Film Olomouc, International Festival of Science Documentary Films, Czech Republic (2022)
  • Millennium Docs Against Gravity, Poland (2022)
  • SILBERSALZ, nominated for Homeland Earth Award, Germany (2022)
  • Festival La Conscience dans tous ses Etats, France (2022)
  • Festival de Cinema Budista de Catalunya, Spain (2022)
  • Spirit Film Festival, Israel (2022)
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