BALIAN (The Healer) is a magical portrait of Mangku Pogog, a one-of-a-kind Indonesian trickster/healer, and the many ways he changes how we think about health, healing, medicine, doctors and patients, and stretches our understanding and appreciation of what the human mind and the body it's attached to are capable of; it's funny too."

Alan Berliner
(Nobody's Business, The Sweetest Sound, Wide Awake)

Dan McGuire's film, BALIAN (The Healer), is about an exotic Indonesian shaman who intersects with a young westerner, and their lives are transformed forever. It's surreal, poignant and utterly surprising. It's also an epic adventure that will keep you captivated. Balian is a remarkable film.


Michel Negroponte 

(Jupiter's Wife, I'm Dangerous with Love)


BALIAN (The Healer)

A film by Daniel McGuire



Mangku Made Pogog

Mangku Wayan Murdana

Ni Nyoman Mudi

I Made Agus Widhya Asrama

Putu Yuliyastuti Sumandya

Ni Wayan Karma 

Daniel McGuire

Robin Lim

Ketut Liyer

Mangku Alit

Nyoman Jiwa

Fred Eisenman

Bruce Carpenter

I Made Suryasa

Luh Ketut Suriyani

Injil Abu Bakar

Faith McGuire

Sita McGuire

Abu Bakar


Marianne Pherigo

Jay Goodman

Terry Satterthwaite

Janet Bucharelli


Edited by Rachel Clark and Daniel McGuire


Produced by Daniel McGuire and Injil Abu Bakar


Sound Design and Mix Henrik Garnov


Additional Camera

Lexy Rambedeta

Didit Haryadi

Cyril O. Schneider

Satria Pramana Putra

Joe Yaggi

Nyoman GustiDavid Arthur

Gina Cioffi

Faith McGuire


After Effects

Justin Skotarczyk


Thanks to:

Abu Bakar

Bali Video

Jungle Run Productions

ABC News

Joshua Oppenheimer

Rob Moss

Kent Deveraux

Jan SutcliffE

Pamela Cragin

Kevin Belli

Ted Hope

Tim Streeto

Timothy White

Laura Lezak

Patsy McParlane

Evelyn Quintos

Keith McGuire

Special thanks to the patients and family of Made Pogog: 

Mangku Wayan Murdana

Ni Nyoman Mudi

I Made Agus Widhya Asrama

Putu Yuliyastuti Sumandya

Ni Wayan Karma 


Special Thanks to the village of Taman Ganter, Mengwi.


Images from Shaman's Drum Magazine used by permission


Stock media provided by Sue Useem, BoonRoong/ Pond5


Thanks to the students, staff, administration and faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts.


Made in conjunction with the MFA in Film Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts


Faculty Advisors

Nina Davenport

Lisa Leeman

Laura Colella


Copyright 2018  Daniel McGuire

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