Awards and Press

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