Embrace of the Serpent

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Host: ICA in association with Notting Hill Editions
Location: Institute of Contemporary Arts The Mall London SW1Y 5AH
Speaker: Andrew Lees

Embrace of the Serpent centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.

Andrew Lees is a Professor of Neurology at the National Hospital, London. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Academy of Neurology Life Time Achievement Award, the Association of British Neurologist’s Medal, the Dingebauer Prize for outstanding research and the Gowers Medal. He is one of the three most highly cited Parkinson’s disease researchers in the world and is the author of several books. His recent memoir, Mentored by a Madman: the William Burroughs Experiment, recounts how alongside William Burrough’s work and in particular his experiments with yagé (ayahuasca), the expeditions of Richard Spruce and Richard Evans Schultes (a key inspiration for Embrace of the Serpent) influenced his career and research into a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. 

Andrew Lees will sign books on sale at this event at the special price of £10.00

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