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Earth-Friendly Family Films

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'Amazon' (2000)

Ages: 8+

Synopsis: "Amazon (IMAX)" is a semi-documentary that follows Mamani, a tribal shaman, as he leaves his village in the Andes to seek new herbal cures and ingredients in a faraway market. Along the way he encounters and befriends strange tribes, beholds parts of the Amazon he'd never seen before, and ultimately trades his flute and some precious glacial water for the herbs and passage back home. Mamani (actually a fictional character, played by an actor) is paralleled by the real-life Dr. Mark Plotkin, an ethnobotanist on a quest of his own, who hopes that the ecology of the dense jungle around the Amazon and its scattered, insular human tribes will lead to the discovery of natural cures for mankind's most pernicious diseases.

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that, while preteens should benefit from this exposure to another culture, it's teens and adults who are best equipped to deal with the meandering story line and content surrounding herbal medicine and forest-canopy ecosystems. Younger children will likely see it as being too similar to classroom films. —Common Sense Media (Photo: Ogden Entertainment)

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