Curandero is a unique take on a traditional American genre. The location, the isolated desert ranch lands of the Trans Pecos along the Rio Grande border with Mexico. The drug running tidal wave sweeping up into Texas from Mexico, driven by ruthless cartels, intrudes on the old way of life. A violent confrontation is inevitable. More
Curandero is a unique take on a traditional American genre. The location, the isolated desert ranch lands of the Trans Pecos region of West Texas, along the Rio Grande border with Mexico. The people clinging to their traditional lifestyle at the edge of the wilderness rely upon their knowledge of the wild desert and canyons, on their horses and on their closely guarded shamanist practices. The drug running tidal wave sweeping up into Texas from Mexico, driven by ruthless cartels, intrudes on this old way of life. A violent confrontation is inevitable.
The story revolves around Quaid, an innocent young man living on his father's ranch with his widowed mother and an elderly Mexican shaman or curandero. Their peaceful lives are changed forever by the intrusion of the drug cartels. The timeless values of Achai, the curandero, are on a collision course with the evil tide of drug trafficking and the threat it represents to the ancient order and wisdom of the desert and its peaceful inhabitants.
Quaid’s naive interference with the activities of the drug cartels makes him their target. He uses a novel piece of technology to get something that the cartel desperately wants to recover and nothing is allowed to stand in their way. Quaid is forced to rely upon his wits, his skill with a rifle and the timely intervention of Achai, the wise old shaman, in order to escape with his life. Achai summons his ancient wisdom through the use of hallucinogenic plants and his deep connection to the wild creatures of the canyons. Quaid’s actions lead to violence and bloodshed and the loss of innocent life, but also to a test of loyalty and a rite of passage for the young man.
This is a fast-paced modern story with a totally unique hook to the plot, a welding of old and new, of brutal reality and spiritual possibility and has an outcome that would fit right in with the best of the redemptive tales in the traditional Western genre.