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Explore the art of traditional healing around the globe — Lunchtime Films and Talks at the Rubin Museum

We remain in awe.

Lunch Matters

The museum’s lunchtime screenings of short documentaries followed by moderated discussions. Visitors are welcome to bring their lunch from the museum café into the theater for this program.

Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
$15 / Free for Rubin Museum Members

Now Playing: World Medicine


April 30 – June 11, 2014

Explore the art of traditional healing around the globe, in such locations as Belize, Tonga, the Andes, South Africa, and Venezuela. Learn about everything from practices to herbal ingredients, and uncover the complexities of traditional medicine’s coexistence with modern medicine. This series accompanies Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine.


Wednesday April 30, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
Price: $15.00

Sastun tells the story of American herbalist Rosita Arvigo, whose quest to explore the healing powers of plants led her to the rain forest of Belize where she befriended one of the last remaining Maya shamans, Don Elijio Panti.

Post-screening discussion with Ina Vandebroek.

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Kau Faito’o

Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
Price: $15.00

Kau Faito’o captures the essence of what it means to be a traditional healer in an ever-changing Polynesian state of Tonga. Traditional healers are shown collecting, preparing and administering herbal remedies that they have passed down from one generation to the next. Post screening discussion with Donna Henes.

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Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
Price: $15.00

Kallawaya: Traditional Medicine in the Andes is a documentary about Walter Alvarez, a Kallawaya healer who combines the traditional medicine of his Andean ancestors with western medicine. Post screening discussion with Nicole Egenberger.

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Everything Must Come to Light

Wednesday May 21, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
Price: $15.00

Everything Must Come to Light tells the unusual stories of three dynamic lesbian sangomas (traditional healers) in Soweto, South Africa. Post screening discussion with Sarah Eve Cardell.

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The Legacy of Antonio Lorenzano

Wednesday May 28, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
Price: $15.00

This film tells the story of Antonio Lorenzano, an acclaimed musician, shamanic healer and craftsman, and the leader of the Warao community of Morichito on the Winikina River, in the lower Orinoco Delta, Venezuela. Post-screening discussion with Itzhak Beery.

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The Spirits of Africa

Wednesday June 4, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
Price: $15.00

All over Africa, traditional healers and their ancient knowledge of nature and spirituality are disappearing fast. Spirits of Africa is a series of documentaries that records and preserves their wisdom. Featuring The Lala,The Tswana Sangoma: Herbalist & Initiation andTaming Wild Spirits. 

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Medium is the Masseuse

Wednesday June 11, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
Price: $15.00

Unlike many spirit mediums, Jero Tapakan practices as a masseuse once every three days, when possession is not auspicious. This film focuses on Jero’s treatment of Ida Bagus, a member of the nobility from a neighboring town.

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Friday July 11, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
Price: $15.00

Well-known filmmaker Anne Wheeler and actor Babz Chula take off for southern India, armed only with a camera and the hope of making a film about a little-known, seemingly miraculous treatment for cancer.

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The Best Fight

Wednesday July 16, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
Price: $15.00

This documentary tells a very human story about a man’s battle with Stage Four pancreatic cancer, a disease that will beat him. For Mischa, it is all about the best fight – which means fighting alongside those you love and for those you love.

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