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Juliette of the Herbs

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by Tish Streeten
color, 75 min, 1998


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Juliette of the Herbs is a beautifully filmed lyrical portrait of the life and work of Juliette de Bairacli Levy: world renowned herbalist, author, breeder of Afghan hounds, friend of the Gypsies, traveller in search of herbal wisdom and the pioneer of holistic veterinary medicine.

For more than 60 years Juliette lived with the Gypsies, nomads and peasants of the world, learning the healing arts from these peoples who live close to nature. Juliette's well-loved and now classic herbals for animals and for children have been a vital inspiration for the present day herbal renaissance and holistic animal care community. Juliette's extraordinary life story is as colourful and as exciting as her tremendous wealth of herbal knowledge.

Filmed on location with Juliette and her Afghan hound in Greece, Spain, France, Portugal, Switzerland, England and America, and interwoven with Juliette's vast collection of archival photographs, together with scenes of Gypsies dancing and Bedouins with their herds, Juliette of the Herbs is an inspiring portrait of a remarkable healer.

“This video lifted my heart and made me grateful for all that Juliette has done to help the animals.” — Helen McKinnon, author, It's For The Animals
“[Juliette of the Herbs] made me look at how my life is now, still close to the earth, but not close enough... I'm happy to have seen a glimpse into her life. It encourages me to live as radically as I want. Tish's film is a grand one.” — Janisse Ray, author, The Ecology of a Cracker Childhood
“This film is magnificient. It was fascinating to watch our six year old daughter Lillian's responses as well. She said, “Daddy this is so beautiful I think I could cry a little bit.” — Jim Schley, editor-in-chief, Chelsea Green Publishing

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Feature Award Nominee, International Documentary Association, 1998
Best Documentary, Seattle Intn'l Film Festival - Women in Cinema, 1999
Merit Award for Storytelling, International Wildlife Film Festival, 1999
Honorable Mention, Green Extreme Film Festival, 1999
Artist's Award, Laguna Beach Film Festival, 1999
Winner, EarthVision Film Festival, 1999
Windy City Documentary Film Festival, 1998
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, 1998
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Docs for Sale, 1998
New York Women In Film & TV's Festival - The Feminine Eye, 1999
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, 1999
Festival Cine Sante, France, 1999
Boston International Festival of Women's Cinema. April 1999
Canyonlands Film Festival, 19999
Columbia County Film Festival, 1999
Nashville Independent Film Festival, 1999
Provincetown International Film Festival, 1999
Berkshire Region's Women's Film Festival, 1999
Tofino Film Festival, 1999
Cornell University Environmental Film Festival, 1999
Cine'Eco, Portugal, 1999
Brattleboro Women's Film Festival, 2000
Green Mountain Film Festival, 2000
Silver Images Film Festival, 2000
Bodrum International Environmental Film Festival, Turkey, 2000

TV Broadcasts
Community Channel, UK, 2013

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