The Botany of Desire

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Released 2009

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Director:
Michael Schwarz (II)
Released:
2009
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The Botany of Desire is a 2009 PBS documentary based on the best-selling book of the same name by journalist Michael Pollan. The film explores the relationship between human desire and the natural world through the unusual perspective of the plant's point of view. Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand ("Fargo"), the film traces the history of four plants that have become essential to human society. Apples provides sweetness and tulips bring beauty. Potatoes offer sustenance, while marijuana supplies pleasure or intoxication. Though humans have cultivated crops for thousands of years, the film also investigates how plants have shaped human behavior and civilization, as well as how these plants have used humans to spread their plant seeds around the globe. Directed by Michael Schwarz and Edward Gray, this full-length non-fiction feature presents surprising scientific and historical facts as well as interviews with farmers about the high-tech versus organic methods of growing food.
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    Culture, Wine