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  • In 1996, The filmmaker meets Mangku Pogog, a "Balian" or traditional healer. He has a fearsome reputation among the Balinese. We watch his disturbing treatments that seem to cure blindness and leprosy. Then, an article about Pogog is published and he is then “discovered” by western tourists, some with serious conditions - cancer, psychosis, and AIDS.

    in 1997, the political situation in Indonesia becomes dangerous - and Pogog has become critically ill. Who will heal the healer? But the filmmaker is forced to leave Bali and loses contact.

    In 2016, we return and learn of Pogog’s fate.

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