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Here's What It Feels Like to Heal Your Addiction in a Sweat Lodge


Those interested in indigenous sweat lodge ceremonies now have a vivid cinematic depiction of them in Goodknife, a breathtaking documentary short on these spiritual rituals. Directed by Iqbal Ahmed, the filmmaker behind Bug Man, the film explores sweat lodges through the story of David Warren Goodknife, a man of mixed North and South American indigenous heritage, who broke his addictions to alcohol and drugs by attending sweat lodge ceremonies.

Ahmed tells The Creators Project that he has always been curious about sweat lodges. Intrigued by their rituals and their ceremonies—particularly their intent—he wanted to get a proper understanding of them by making a film that explored them cinematically. To do this, Ahmed reached out to Goodknife.


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