about the film


'What's the value of a cure for AIDS that grew in a forest you cut down last week?' - Dr. Dennis McKenna 

'I'm not going to take to the grave everything I have learned, because I know humanity will need it.' - Don Juan Tangoa Paima 

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. 
 

Director's Bio

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Sarah Hutt is an author, director, and documentary producer, her EMMY nominated work has appeared on VICELAND, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic Wild, MSNBC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and The History Channel, to name a few. 

Her writing has made the NY Times Best Seller list and she is a Publisher's Weekly starred reviewed author of non-fiction books for children and young adults. 
She is the owner of Cave Productions, a production company that offers content creation and story consulting services.

 

PAST SCREENINGS

COLORADO ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL:

Friday, February 23, 4:00-6:00pm
FOSS AUDITORIUM
American Mountaineering Center
710 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401

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OFFICIAL PREMIERE PHILIP K DICK FILM FESTIVAL NYC

Saturday, February 24, 3 pm (BLOCK 6)

Village East Cinema

189 2nd Ave.

NY, NY 10003

(212) 529-6998
SPECIAL TALK AND Q&A WITH DENNIS McKENNA AFTER THE SCREENING:

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THE SEARCH FOR NEW PSYCHOACTIVE MEDICINE IN THE AMAZON

Monday 2/26, 7:00pm, The Assemblage, NYC

A special Amazon Conservation Fundraiser at the Assemblage. Screening and talk with Mark Plotkin, Luis Eduardo Luna, and Dennis McKenna. Join us and raise money to protect our rainforest.

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PHILADELPHIA ENVIRONMENTAL

FILM FESTIVAL

Friday, April 6, BLOCK 1, 5:30-7:30pm
Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street 

Philadelphia, PA

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WATCH ONLINE IN APRIL

Watch the film for free in as part of Letters from the Field, the April 2018 Edition  of Labocine, a digital magazine in collaboration with the IMAGINE SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL

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