The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh will screen the UK Premier of Apaporis at 7.30pm on the 3rd of August in the RBGE Lecture Theatre.
Apaporis, Secrets of the Forest, is a travelogue through landscapes of paradise in an Amazon jungle unknown to the vast majority of Colombians. Following in the footsteps of ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes, the documentary traces the journey from Mitu to Apaporis documenting indigenous knowledge and revealing ancient myths and secrets.
The film pays homage to the botanical knowledge of indigenous peoples and highlights the conflicts that are threatening their unique culture and language that are in danger of disappearing forever. The film was inspired by the book “One River” written by Wade Davis, a student of Schultes.
It is rare for documentaries to be screened at Colombian cinemas but this one was and is currently the most seen documentary in Colombia.
“Apaporis tells of the devastation of the cultures of the people that understand the secrets of Amazon rainforest conservation and the use of many plants unknown to our civilization. It tells of the brutal disappearance of their languages, rituals and cosmogony”. Alfredo Molano Bravo, El Espectador.
“….an overwhelming wave of information and images…” Variety Magazine, USA.
Antonio Dorado, the director, will be present for a question and answer session at the conclusion of the screening.
Further information about the film can be found on the website apaporis.com.
Tickets are available from the John Hope Gateway shop and RBGE shop online (http://www.rbgeshop.org.uk/ticket-for-apaporis3rd-of-august-730.ir?cName=tickets) at a price of £7 (RBGE members get a 10% discount when shopping at these outlets).
We hope you can join us in supporting this event.