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For centuries, the mighty Amazon has been the obsession of explorers, scientists and anthropologists the world over.  It is the mightiest river in the world, the lifeblood for whole civilizations and home to more than 5,000 different species of fish and the more than 60,000 different species of plants that live on its banks.  Amazon will take you on a journey of discovery of the river’s wonders, inhabitants and remarkable healing powers.

In addition to being a journey of discovery, Amazon is also a captivating story of two “medicine men,” from vastly different worlds, who share a common quest. The film follows tribal shaman Julio Mamani and American ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin on their searches for the medicinal qualities of native plants.


"…the joy of this film is in the sheer beauty of the unspoiled deeper areas of the Amazon…the panoramic and intimate shots of the river, rain forests, mountains and wildlife are breathtaking."
—Los Angeles Times

"a feast for the senses and a terrific introduction to the region’s often bizarre denizens, both animal and human.”
The Hollywood Reporter

"It's a mix of jaw-droppingly gorgeous cinematography and compelling narrative."
—New York Post

"A stunning, visual rendering ...offers both a sensory and educational IMAX experience."
—Entertainment Today


Nominated for a 1998 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short



Amazon DVD
Includes two discs: one regular DVD and one WMV HD* disc.

*WMV HD (Windows Media High Definition Video) delivers our giant screen film’s breathtaking photography at approximately six times the resolution of a conventional DVD.

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An Ogden Entertainment Presentation
of a Kieth Merrill Film

A film for IMAX® Theatres and
giant screen cinemas

Narrated by Linda Hunt
Music by Alan Williams

Nominated for a 1998 Academy Award®
for Best Documentary Short