For the eight seekers at the heart of this emotionally charged documentary, redemption may lie in the mysterious depths of the Amazonian rainforest. Nicola Dale has Parkinson’s disease, Joel Davis suffers from type-II diabetes, Jean Orraca is seriously depressed and John Wood has prostate cancer. They and the others journey to South America in the hope of getting well: traditional medicine men will treat them with a combination of local, plant-based remedies and native rituals. For a month, the afflicted undergo the ministrations of shamans. Barriers between the physical and the spiritual seem to melt away here as the film eloquently pleas for the preservation of Amazonian healing traditions increasingly under threat by deforestation and modernization. Directed and produced by Nick Polizzi and Dan Bailey.

Sacred Science

2011 US 60 min
Festival Year: 2012
Topic: Climate Change