This Link TV special presentation of The Shaman's Apprentice tells the inspiring story of the work of leading ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin in the depths of the Amazon rain forest, and his efforts to save the dying traditions of the Shamanic healers. With a dearth of young tribal members willing to train as Shamans, ancient rainforests being cut down, and exotic plants nearing extinction, Plotkin is racing against time. As apprentice to a Shaman in one of the most isolated Amazon villages in Suriname, Plotkin has taken on the massive task of translating the Shaman’s wisdom into an encyclopedia that will both preserve this little known tradition, and benefit the future of both the local people and Western medicine.
This film originally aired as part of Doc-Debut, a series on Link TV highlighting unique and groundbreaking international documentary films. Each week features the US television premiere of a new foreign doc, offering American audiences unprecedented perspectives on world events and culture, as seen through the eyes of individuals across the globe. The series also provides a unique outlet for films by independent directors and producers to reach a much wider international audience.