Jan Kounen was born on May 2nd, 1964 in Utrecht, Netherlands. He studied at the Arts Décoratifs in Nice, France, (E.P.I.A.R.) where he learned cinema, animation and graphic art. He has made several films on a variety of subjects but two important ones deal with indigenous content.
While on locations in Mexico and Peru, Jan discovered shamanism and the Shipibo-Conibos culture, and developed a deep connection with it. He spent several months there filming a feature-length documentary, Other Worlds (2004).
U.S Marshal Mike Donovan (Vincent Cassel) referred to as Broken Nose by the native tribe; has dark memories of the death of his first love. He keeps peace between the Americans and the natives who had temporarily adopted and took care of him. The evil actions of Blount, a "white sorcerer" lead him to confront the villain in the Sacred Mountains, and, through shamanic rituals involving native entheogens, conquer his fears and uncover a suppressed memory he would much rather deny. -From Wiki
This film is highly regarded for its intensely visual visionary portray of Ayahuasca and the role it plays in unlocking memories that lead to healing.