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is a 1997 short documentary film
Documentary films constitute a broad category of nonfictional motion pictures intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record...
directed by Kieth Merrill
Kieth W. Merrill is an American filmmaker who has worked as a writer, director, and producer in the film industry since 1967...
. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short
This is a list of films by year that have received an Oscar together with the other nominations for best documentary short subject. Following the Academy's practice, the year listed for each film is the year of release: the awards are announced and presented early in the following year.-1940s:*1941...
The film features ethnobiologist Mark Plotkin
Mark J. Plotkin is an ethnobotanist and a plant explorer in the Neotropics, where he is an expert on rainforest ecosystems...
, who discusses the role of rainforest conservation and the benefits of investigating it further in the interest of medical and scientific knowledge.