Hierba la Sangre (Bloodroot)

In 1961, the disappearance of ancestral medical practices was predicted as a consequence of the profound social and economic changes implemented by the Cuban Revolution. However, the strong economic crisis of the 1990s, known as the Special Period, pushed the Cuban government to consider green medicine to help mitigate the lack of western medicine. In 2021, the source of ancestral knowledge is kept alive through the universe of four characters and their relationship with nature.


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Hierba la Sangre (Bloodroot) (2022)

Short (23mins) Documentary






Natalia Favre | Greta Mattei


Fri 23 Sep 2022, 3.00pm, MovieTowne, POS—Screen 09

World Premiere

Natalia Favre

Natalia Favre

Natalia Favre is an Argentinian documentary photographer and filmmaker based between Cuba and Argentina. Her work focuses on social issues through the intersection of community and identity with a very intimate perspective. She worked for several years in the cinema industry where she learnt about the process of storytelling. That background gave her the skills to execute stories with a holistic approach and develop multimedia projects. Her work has been published widely including in Washington Post, National Geographic, Bloomberg News; her films have been shown in Cuba, Argentina, Brazil and Spain.

Greta Mattei

Natalia Favre

Greta Mattei is an Italian general doctor. She encountered the world of natural healing traditions in Brazil and specialises in Natural Medicine in Havana, Cuba. She believes in the importance of keeping traditional knowledge alive and integrating it into modern medical practice. ‘Bloodroot’ is her first film as a co-director.

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