2017 | United States | Documentary

The Shaman and the Scientist

  • English 14 mins
  • Director | Sarah Hutt

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This short documentary explores the topic of traditional plant medicine from two perspectives - that of Don Juan Tangoa Paima, a curandero who works with Ayahuasca medicine in the Peruvian Amazon and through the research of Dr. Dennis McKenna, an American Ethnobotanist looking for new plant compounds to treat schizophrenia and dementia. The story takes viewers from jungle to lab asking what is the value of undiscovered knowledge in the worlds most biodiverse biomes, and what's at stake if we allow those precious resources to be lost. 

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