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Cinema Arts Centre
Huntington, NY
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Tuesday, August 31 at 7:30pm $9 Members / $13 Public (Includes Reception)

Flowers. Trees. Plants. We've always thought that we controlled them. But what if, in fact,
they have been shaping us? Using this provocative question as a jumping off point, The
Botany of Desire, based on the best-selling book by Michael Pollan, takes us on an eyeopening
exploration of our relationship with the plant world – seen from the plants' point of
view. Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers:
to make their honey, the bees collect nectar, and in the process spread pollen, which contains
the flowers' genes. The Botany of Desire proposes that people and domesticated plants have
formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. Shot in stunning high definition photography, the
program begins with Michael Pollan in a California garden and sets off to roam the world: from
the potato fields of Idaho and Peru to the apple orchards of New England; from a medical
marijuana hot house to the tulip mecca of Amsterdam, where in 1637, one Dutchman, crazed with "tulipmania," paid as much for a
single tulip bulb as the going price for a town house. Through the history of these four familiar plants, the film seeks to answer the
question: Who has really been domesticating whom? USA, 2009, 108 min.; Narrator: Frances McDormand

Based on the best-selling book by Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire explores our
relationship with the plant world and asks the question, who has been controlling whom?



Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave.
Huntington, NY 11743
United States

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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