Breaking Leaves

1998, 30 mins.

Breaking Leaves

In the Haitian countryside - where people have little access to doctors, hospitals, or conventional medicine - peasants have learned to use local leaves, herbs, and therapeutic massage as a way of curing simple ailments.

This video follows several men and women as they take us into the bush to look for leaves that they need for healing. We then follow them home where they explain and demonstrate their way of preparing the poultice or infusion.

Narrated by the people themselves - and with beautiful songs about the importance of leaves woven throughout - the film is lyrical and poetic as well as informative.

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