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shamans apprentice


Directed by Miranda Smith
Not Rated | 54 min | 2001 | USA

Renowned ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin first traveled to the Amazon thirty years ago seeking a cure for diabetes. There he found both extraordinary biological riches and shamans who healed with plant medicines. Beautifully filmed in the rainforests of Suriname, THE SHAMAN’S APPRENTICE is a powerful story of one man’s quest to preserve a deep and ancient knowledge of the rainforest’s plants.  

After the film, join University of Utah biologists Phyllis Coley and Tom Kursar to explore “bioprospecting” – the discovery and commercialization of useful organic compounds – as a tool for rainforest conservation.  Coley and Kursar will discuss both the project in the film as well as their own project in Panama utilizing their research on plants’ chemical defenses.


Featured, Salt Lake City, Science Movie Night, Upcoming Screenings

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 @ 7:00 PM9:00 PM MST