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PLANT WARS (series 1 to 3)

Since the beginning of time, human beings all over the world have made use of plants for healing purposes. These three documentaries tell the story of medicinal plants.
Two-thirds of the Earth's population still rely on some form of traditional medicine. In Africa, Asia and Latin America, complex and subtle medical knowledge has survived to this day, handed down via comprehensive oral traditions.
Meanwhile, in the West, with the development of medicinal chemistry and universal access to health care during the first half of the 20th century, traditional healing practices and the use of medicinal plants gradually came to be seen as esoteric pastimes.
After a gap of almost a century, the West is rediscovering the benefits of plant medicine. As a result of the new recognition that medicine needs to centre around the person as a whole, we are taking another look at this traditional discipline. Plant medicine, which has continued to thrive unabated in the southern hemisphere, is now experiencing a revival in western countries.



A treasury of plants (01)



COPYRIGHT : 2004
DIRECTOR : Basile SALLUSTIO
AUTHORS : Michèle DECOUST, François LE BAYON & Basile SALLUSTIO
FORMAT : Digital betacam
DIFFUSION : Digital betacam
DURATION : 52 minutes
TYPE : documentary
VERSION(S) : English, French, Portuguese
PRODUCTION : Lieurac Productions, Nanook, Simple Production, Tag/Traum Filmproduktion
PARTICIPATION : France 5, Planète, Radio Televisao Portuguesa, RTBF, Telessonne, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Commission Européenne, Programme MEDIA, DGCI

This programme explores the rich heritage of knowledge in both southern and northern countries in the field of traditional medicine and healing plants - a knowledge which goes back thousands of years. It examines the origins and importance of plant medicine throughout the world and draws attention to the renewed interest in the use of plants in healing in the West. The example of the yew-tree is used to demonstrate how a plant-based medicine is created. We will also see how major advances in chemistry in the early 20th century helped pharmaceuticals companies forge their present might, and how the limitations of some medicines and the need for new treatments are forcing us to look to nature for new drugs and medical practices.

Whose plants are they anyway ? (02)



COPYRIGHT : 2004
DIRECTOR : Basile SALLUSTIO
AUTHORS : Michèle DECOUST, François LE BAYON & Basile SALLUSTIO
FORMAT : Digital betacam
DIFFUSION : Digital betacam
DURATION : 52 minutes
TYPE : documentary
VERSION(S) : English, French, Portuguese
PRODUCTION : Lieurac Productions, Nanook, Simple Production, Tag/Traum Filmproduktion
PARTICIPATION : France 5, Planète, Radio Televisao Portuguesa, RTBF, Telessonne, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Commission Européenne, Programme MEDIA, DGCI

In this programme, plant medicine and synthetic drugs are compared in terms of their effectiveness and their limitations.
New trends in healing are setting the pharmaceuticals companies and the medical establishment a real challenge. Spiralling health costs and the limitations of the treatments available, coupled with the growing vogue for alternative approaches to health and the body, suggest that plant medicine will play a larger part in medicine in the future. But if southern countries are to stand a chance of benefiting from this expansion, the wholesale looting of traditional plant medicines which is accompanying the "plant rush" must be halted - and the pharmaceuticals industry must be made to realise that it is not entitled to a monopoly of this new market.
New trends in healing are setting the pharmaceuticals companies and the medical establishment a real challenge. Spiralling health costs and the limitations of the treatments available, coupled with the growing vogue for alternative approaches to health and the body, suggest that plant medicine will play a larger part in medicine in the future. But if southern countries are to stand a chance of benefiting from this expansion, the wholesale looting of traditional plant medicines which is accompanying the "plant rush" must be halted - and the pharmaceuticals industry must be made to realise that it is not entitled to a monopoly of this new market.

Shamans of the fututre (03)



COPYRIGHT : 2004
DIRECTOR : Basile SALLUSTIO
AUTHORS : Michèle DECOUST, François LE BAYON & Basile SALLUSTIO
FORMAT : Digital betacam
DIFFUSION : Digital betacam
DURATION : 52 minutes
TYPE : documentary
VERSION(S) : English, French, Portuguese
PRODUCTION : Lieurac Productions, Nanook, Simple Production, Tag/Traum Filmproduktion
PARTICIPATION : France 5, Planète, Radio Televisao Portuguesa, RTBF, Telessonne, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Commission Européenne, Programme MEDIA, DGCI

This programme sets out a new way of working with Third World countries and argues for new forms of co-operation which are more respectful of human beings and their heritage.
New forms of healing are opening up a huge market for producer countries. The programme examines the attitude of the pharmaceuticals industry to this new market.
Modernity and tradition are not incompatible : these different modes of healing need to learn to co-exist. China offers a wealth of examples of complementary healing practices existing side by side.

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