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Parasites: A User's Guide DVD (for personal viewing)

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Please note: this DVD of 'Parasites: A User's Guide' is for individual purchase and use--NOT for public exhibition. To purchase rights for a public screening, whether for a small nonprofit screening or for a university, please check the other products on the Sweet Fern Productions page. And thanks for your interest!

Film synopsis:
The word "parasite" comes with loads of vile connotations, but in nature, nothing is purely good or evil. In the 27-minute documentary "Parasites: A User’s Guide," ecologist and 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. "Parasites: A User’s Guide" is a film about ecology, healing, and worms.