- Science, Adventure, Environment, and Human Interest
The word "parasite" comes with loads of vile connotations, but in nature, nothing is purely good or evil. In the 27-minute experimental documentary "Parasites: A Userâ€™s Guide," filmmaker Sharon Shattuck embarks on a journey to decode some of the most misunderstood creatures on earth.
The dramatic rise in autoimmune diseases, asthma, and allergies since the turn of the last century has confounded scientists, but some researchers think they have uncovered the key to controlling the skyrocketing rates: tiny parasitic worms called 'helminths.' Using a blend of handmade and digital animation and indie music, Sharon dives headlong into the controversial discourse surrounding 'helminthic therapy,' with help from scientific researchers, active patients and a renegade entrepreneur named Jasper Lawrence. Through the seeming oxymoron of the 'helpful parasite,' Sharon questions the nature of our relationship with parasites--and suggests a new paradigm for the future.
- Running time
- 27 minutes
- Sharon Shattuck ... Director/Producer/Animation
- Kelly Brickner ... Animation
- United States
- Years of Production
- USA: Michigan, California, New York City, Boston
- Release year
- Traverse City Film Festival, Wild and Scenic Film Festival, International Science Film Festival
- DVDs available for purchase online at the website
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