Ground-breaking film reveals hidden treasures of the Amazon

As the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) gears up for this year’s Festival Colombiano, the news has broken that it will screen the UK Premier of the ground-breaking documentary Apaporis. The event, on Saturday, August 3 will be attended by the film’s director, Antonio Dorado, who will participate in question and answer sessions.

Selling more tickets in Colombian cinemas than any other documentary in the country’s history, Apaporis is a travelogue through an Amazon jungle unknown even to the vast majority of Colombians. Following in the footsteps of ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes, it 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. The film was inspired by the book One River written by Wade Davis, a student of Schultes. It has been described by Variety Magazine, USA, as “an overwhelming wave of information and images”.

Further information about the film, to be screened in the RBGE Lecture Theatre, on Inverleith Row, can be found on the website apaporis.com. Tickets are available from the John Hope Gateway shop and RBGE shop online at a price of £7.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)