Forever In My Veins

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Forever in My Veins

How Film Led Me To The Mysterious World of The African Shaman

Lionel Friedberg’s extraordinary career exposed him to the incredible wonders of our planet and brought him into close contact with many unforgettable personalities from maverick scientists to politicians, entertainers and people who survived near-death experiences. 

His observations have taught him that life is far more complex and infinitely stranger than we can imagine. When he was struck by an unexpected life-threatening illness his efforts to find a way to save his life took him back to Africa where he encountered the age-old rituals and powerful healing methods of African shamans. Their mysterious ways have much to teach us and are as relevant today as they were in ancient times.

What People Are Saying

“A captivating, unforgettable journey of life-transforming production adventures from an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. A mind-expanding filmic trek leading to professional acclaim and personal tragedies that stir the soul.” –Paul Davids, Executive Producer of Showtime’s Roswell

Intensely patriotic. A thrilling ride into the rich culture and diversity of Africa, its spiritual dimensions and alternative healing methods. It is also the story of one man’s struggle with the immorality of apartheid. A prophetic and cautionary tale.”–Corey Feldman, actor, author and environmental activist

“This is an intriguing weave of the connections between white and black cultures, ancient shamanic ways and natural healing contributing to the evolution of consciousness.”–Dr. Gabriel Cousens, M.D., Director, Tree of Life Foundation, Arizona

“What a story! What a journey! What a glass so full of life and love, and not half-full of fear and regret! I will read it again to cry, laugh, gasp and celebrate.”–Pieter-Dirk Uys, South African political satirist

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.  “…Mr Friedberg starts his story off with an accurate portrayal of life for those who lived in the heart of Tribal lands. When he became ill his doctors asked him about what could have been the cause of his sickness. Then it came to him. It had been predicted to him before when he lived in Africa that this would happen.  From that point on this tremendous story tells the tale of going back to Africa and making peace with what he needed to do to become well again…I enjoyed and learned a lot from this story.”–Patrick Carmen (Reviewer), NetGalley

Forever In My Veins is a fascinating description of a middle-class white man’s experiences in South Africa during the late forties and early fifties. Later in his life as a film maker he describes developing a chronic disease that, in the world of allopathic medicine, had no obvious cause or treatment. It’s a compelling story of returning to his roots in Africa where he was able to find shamans who helped him deal with his illness. This is an intriguing weave of the connections between white and black cultures, ancient shamanic ways and natural healing contributing to the evolution of consciousness.”–Dr. Gabriel Cousens, M.D., (M.D. (H), D.D., Director, Tree of Life Foundation, Arizona