The Rubin Sastun
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Sastun tells the story of American herbalist Rosita Arvigo, whose quest to explore the healing powers of plants led her to the rain forest of Belize where she befriended one of the last remaining Maya shamans, Don Elijio Panti. While learning his secrets during her apprenticeship she unearthed her life’s work: to preserve Don Elijio's ancient healing knowledge and to bridge the gap between science and traditional healer's wisdom. Funded by the National Cancer Institute in New York, Rosita Arvigo is in a race against time, scouring the tropical rain-forests of Central America in search of cures for many deadly diseases like AIDS and Cancer, before they are wiped out by deforestation.
Post-screening discussion with Ina Vandebroek.
About the Speaker
Ina Vandebroek is an ethnobotanist at the New York Botanical Garden who studies people’s knowledge and use of plants for healthcare and subsistence by farmers and indigenous communities in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, as well as by Latino/Caribbean immigrants in New York City. She also directs a training program for physicians and medical students in New York City aimed at improving culturally sensitive healthcare for immigrant communities.