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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.
Directed by Miranda Smith
Run time: 54 min
Science Movie Night is presented by the Natural History Museum of Utah in partnership with the Utah Film Center.
We thank the Salt Lake City Public Library, our presenting sponsor.
This event is free and open to the public.