Diabetes. Prostate cancer. Alcoholism. Parkinson’s disease. Just a handful of many common illnesses that Western medicine has been inadequate in curing or treating. Witness the story of eight brave souls as they leave the developed world behind in search of deeper answers. Living in seclusion for one month in the heart of the Amazon jungle, these men and women take part in the powerful healing practices of Peru’s indigenous medicine men, working with centuries-old plant remedies and spiritual disciplines. In their most desperate hour, these patients are forced to confront not only their physical ailments, but their own spiritual and psychological barriers in the process.
Directed by Nicholas J. Polizzi
Special Limited Engagement – One Night Only
Thursday, Sept 15th AT 6 PM
Audience Discussion after the Film
Vip Short has lived in Oregon for more than 40 years, while practicing as a chiropractic and homeopathic physician. Since the early 1970s he has studied unusual ethnobotanical plants and substances known for their healing potential, looking toward the day when Western medicine will recognize their value and relative safety.
James Joseph’s focus is in the mental health field with an emphasis on health and healing. He has been actively engaged in social issues around drug policy/reform for two decades, including extensive study of the literature in the field. For the past two years, Joseph has been developing the Eugene Center for Ethnobotanical Studies (ECfES) as founder/director. More information can be found at ecfes.org