Nearer My God To Thee
- Marc Israel had been filming his life for a decade, including hitchhiking & street-performing adventures, love connections, and ongoing mental struggles. Then, in 2004, a series of near-plagues occurred one after another: a severe case of lovesickness after a failed long-term relationship, an invasion of ants, followed by moths, into his apartment, physical injuries including two massive earaches, a frightful accident concerning his private parts, and, finally, the sudden loss of function in his arms due to tendonitis. Deep in despair, Marc by chance came across a T.V. documentary on the internationally renowned 'Miracle Man' healer, John of God, and quickly booked a flight to Brazil. What follows is an exploration of the Self, via encounters with the mysterious and controversial John of God, his community of pilgrims and self-styled spiritualists, the sacred ceremonies of the Fulnio Indians, the jungles rife with strange life, all of which are interwoven with ghostlike flashbacks drawn from years of constant video self-surveillance. Through images both real and surreal, conversations with friends, visits to doctors and therapists, intimate video journals, detailed probes into the ...
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