This documentary explores the Maya Tz’utujil connection to cacao as a sacred plant medicine. We take a look at how ceremonial Cacao is made, as well as the various components of a traditional Cacao ceremony. It is our hope that this film will inspire those who work with Cacao–and those who regularly consume it–to connect with those who have been entrusted with its guardianship, so that it may bring even more joy, peace and understanding to all.
The integration of indigenous cultures into the modern world has sparked global curiosity around ancient practices. Cacao ceremonies are making their way into yoga studios, conscious co-working spaces, and even sober dance parties. Although this greatly benefits us in modern cities, we need to become aware of our impact in the other direction. With the opportunity to connect to the people responsible for keeping these sacred practices alive, we become more cognizant of how we affect others through cultural appropriation, pollution and the unintentional degradation of the practices of marginalized people. With clearer insight, we can make choices that allow us to give back with appreciation and respect.