Imagine you’ve left the old story behind. You know, the one that takes for granted that earth belongs to humans to exploit at will. You’ve started a hike into the unknown. There’s no map and for all you know you could be going in circles. You turn around and see the smog hanging over the world you left behind, and realize that even if you’re lost and without a map you’re still on the right track.

Campfire Stories is a platform for film that aim to bring the root cause of our global issues to the collective attention.

In a Tree (58 min)

A documentary directed by Gustav Ågerstrand

My goal is that Campfire Stories eventually turn into a shared platform for filmmakers all over the globe with the common drive to transform our world into a place of deep sanity and ecological balance. I believe that storytellers have an important job to do in these troubled times, shining a light on changemakers and inspirers, whispering their stories into contagiousness.

Today I’m making a big stride in this direction as I introduce the wonderful documentary “In a Tree”, directed by my talented collegue Gustav Ågerstrand.

The title of the film refers to the capacity to see beyond the surface … of a tree, a plant, an animal or a person. To feel them instead of just seeing them.

The film follows Tania as she attempts to help her friend Tomas out of depression and addiction. She convinces him to come along to a San Pedro ceremony. Tania’s own life took a drastic turn for the better a few years back after drinking this healing plant. But probably the biggest way in which she helps Tomas is by simply seeing past his exterior and addressing that which lies beneath.

This film challenges the dominant reductionistic/materialistic worldview and is a celebration of compassion and of the mystical nature of the universe. It’s filmed with an artistic eye, and on top of that it’s tremendously well edited. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!

To see a trailer, click here.

If you want to learn more about this film, you can read my interview with the director Gustav Ågerstrand.

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Film library

In a Tree (58 min)

We follow Tania as she attempts to help her friend Tomas out of depression and addiction. She convinces him to come along to a San Pedro ceremony.

On Biodynamic Farming (19 min)

I tell a friend I’ve moved to Järna, Sweden – a place of alternative ideas. “Oh, really? Aren’t those the nutjobs who bury cow skulls in the fields?”.

An Unlearning (25 min)

When I was growing up I had the feeling something was “off” in the world. But I could never pinpoint what it was. Until I read Charles Eisenstein’s books.

On Fear (11 mins)

A bird falls dead at my feet and sends my thoughts spinning. An image of me on my own death bed. What will I be thinking about in my waning moments?

Birdhouse man (15 mins)

Passion. Obsession. And the best birdhouse in the world. My father may be over 80 but there’s no stopping him when inspiration strikes!

Seven o’clock (5 mins)

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On Freedom (18 mins)

A conversation with musician Randy K on his boat in New York. About being knocked out, having less but giving more, and forgiving your enemy.

On Ancestry (58 mins)

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