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- Science and Traditional Knowledge
Directed by Rolex - 2011, 10 min (English).

This film shows extracts of a face to face discussion on science and traditional knowledge between ethnobotanist Gary Martin (University of Kent) and anthropologist Laurent Pordié (University of Heidelberg / Nomad RSI). This discussion was held in November 2010 at the Ecole Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, in honour of the 2010 Rolex Young Laureates programme.

More details on the Rolex Institute website

- Bunong Guu Oh. Bunongs Birth Practices between Tradition and Change
Directed by Tommi Mendel and Brigitte Nikles (Tigertoda Productions) - 2010, 50 min (English).

Front cover - Bunong Guu OhThis film has been conceived on the basis of the social anthropological study of the birth practices of the Bunong in Mondulkiri province, located in the northeast of Cambodia. Social, economic, and political changes are transforming the province tremendously and are affecting villagers’ beliefs, perceptions and habits regarding pregnancy, delivery and early motherhood. Traditional midwives, pregnant women, mothers and their families give a personal insight into their present decision-making strategies, and highlight the tension and paradoxes of ancient practices in the modern world.

The documentary has been made in the framework of Nomad RSI Programmes in Cambodia.

Trailer (1’31")

  • Screening and Festivals (official selections)

International Health Film Festival, Kos, Greece (September 2010)
International Festival of Visual Anthropology of Moscow (October 2010)
Ethno Film Festival International Djavoko, Croatia (2010) 30th NAFA International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Århus, Denmark (August-Sept. 2010)
2010 International Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrad, Serbia (Octobre 2010)

Visit Tigertoda Production website to order the movie.

- Les médecines d’Asie aujourd’hui
Directed by Momoko Seto (Réseau Asie - CNRS/IMASIE) - 2008, 88 min (French).

Trailer (3’22")

Over the course of history, various types of medical knowledge have crossed cultures and political borders and been grafted on to diverse therapies, some of which have interconnected histories. These processes of construction in Asian medicines continue today. Therapeutic globalization is a contemporary example, which gives to these therapeutic forms a cosmopolitan character. The transformation of these medicines correspond to varied contexts and allow over time the rise of socially and, to some extent medically, different therapies. What may be thought of as the same medical system is in fact significantly transformed when it is practised in Paris, Shanghai, Berlin or Mumbai. While Asian medicines cannot therefore be longer confined within their cultures and source societies, the foundations of their legitimacy remain there, however. In other words, the international circulation of the practitioners and their medicines underscore, sometimes reinforce, the cultural and identity dimension of medicine.

This documentary addresses these issues. It offers insights into the challenges of today’s society, such as globalization, nationalisms and cultural change, through the lens of Chinese, Tibetan and Indian medicines transformation. The movie was realised during the 3rd Congress of the Réseau Asie (CNRS-IMASIE) in Paris (Sept. 2007), at a panel coordinated by Laurent Laurent Pordié (IFP / Nomad RSI), with the participation of Anne-Cécile Hoyez (CNRS), Evelyne Micollier (IRD), Brigitte Sébastia (IFP) and Francis Zimmermann (EHESS).

This DVD ca be ordered directly to the Réseau Asie.

- Oracles and Demons of Ladakh
Directed by Rob McGann (Avenue E Production) - 2003, 71 min (English).

Trailer (4’20")

Isolated in the Indian Himalayas, Ladakh is a western enclave of the Greater Tibetan Plateau untouched by Chinese occupation. Home to each of the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism, this vibrant land of high mountain passes is believed to have direct discourse with spirits from the old lands of Tibet. Human mediums for these spirits, or "Oracles" as Ladakhis call them, play an integral role in the culture of the area. They are called upon to divine the future, cure bodily diseases and ward off harmful entities that haunt the land from the mountains. Shot onsite in Jammu and Kashmir, the chronicle follows the tales of several of these shamanic figures across the high-altitude deserts of Ladakh. Narrated by leading authorities on Tibet, the film considers how Oracle practices such as spirit possession, ritual healing, soothsaying and exorcism remain fundamental folk traditions in Tibetan societies to this day. The film features interviews with an array of experts, including: Eric Margolis, Laurent Pordié, Geoffrey Samuel, Robert A.F. Thurman, an assortment of highly respected Rinpoches, as well as the Dalai Lama’s own Nechung Oracle.

- The Medicine Man
Directed by Jim Sayer (Uden Associate, UK.) for the Rolex Awards - 2000, 29 min (English). Broadcasted by National Geographic Channel.

Logo National Geographic ChannelTibetan medicine has been practised for more than 1,000 years in Ladakh, in India’s far north. The very survival of this complex system of healing – known as Amchi medicine – was threatened by the 20th century’s huge social changes. But over the past six years Nomad RSI has led a campaign that will help ensure Ladakhis continue to benefit from Amchi medicine for generations to come. This film recounts the project which won the 2000 Rolex Award for Enterprise.

Trailer (3’56")

A visionary, sensitive, enterprising young Frenchman, wise beyond his years, restored traditional medicine to remote villages in Ladakh, India. He recognised that the disappearance of local practitioners would threaten the very fabric of life in isolated mountain villages. He cleverly augmented the government-sponsored central medical movement by restoring herbal medicine men.Gilbert M. Grosvenor, President of the National Geographic Society



- Cambodia Daily - Week End, 13-14 August 2011
The Midwifes of Mondulkiri

- Cambodia Daily, 8 August 2011
Bunong Healers Share Secrets in New Books

- Cambodia Daily, 5 August 2011
Mondolkiri’s Bunong Culture on the Precipice


- Marie Claire (French edition), September 2010
La médecine tibétaine sauvée par les femmes


- Phnom Penh Post, 11 July 2008
Cambodia may hold key to malaria cure

- K7 le magasine du Cambodge, 24 avril 2008
Le paludisme au Cambodge : la lutte à la croisée des chemins

- Adéquation, 2008
Diversité biologique, diversité culturelle, atout pour la santé


- La Dépêche, 19 oct. 2007
« Nomad RSI » invite à fêter ses 10 ans d’existence

- La Revue de l’Inde, avril-juin 2007
Au cœur des médecines, en Inde et ailleurs


- Cambodge Soir, 16-18 juin 2006
Une équipe de scientifiques cambodgiens à la recherche de plantes médicinales

- La Dépêche, 20 nov. 2006
Agir sur la mondialisation

- La Dépêche, 13 oct. 2006
Le tourisme solidaire autour d’un café

- La Dépêche, 1 juin 2006
Aide un projet humanitaire au Cambodge


- Ushuaïa Magazine, N°3, 2005
Les secrets de la médecine tibétaine

- Planta Europa, Nov. 2005
Nomad Research and International Aid

- La Dépêche, 8 oct. 2005
Ethno médecine sans frontières

- Baocongantphcm (Vietnam), Ngày 10 tháng 05 năm 2005
Y dược Tây Tạng dưới mắt người phương Tây hiện đạivn

- Label France, N°60, 2005
A researcher in action
Un chercheur en action
Un investigador en acción
行動する研究者 ロラン・ポルディエ jp
Um pesquisador em ação

- Metro, 7 juin 2005
Comprendre le monde pour mieux le soigner

- Enterprise, N°19, 2005
Global Health care, local healing
Santé internationale et pratiques locales

- Le Journal des Femmes, 14 mars 2005
Yves Rocher récompense l’engagement de femmes en faveur de la nature


- National Geographic, Dossier Spécial : Himalaya, avec les guérisseurs bouddhistes, déc.2004
Au Ladakh, le grand retour de la médecine bouddhiste
Un autre regard sur la médecine tibétaine

- Le point, N°1655, juin 2004
L’« amchi » globe-trotter

- Enterprise, N°17, 2004
Himalayan Healers
Une école des soins au Ladakh

- The International Herald Tribune, 30 Sept. 2004
Helping visionaries create a better world

- La Dépêche, 20 avril 2004
Nomadisme urbain au profit des médecines ancestrales

- La Dépêche, 19 avril 2004
Médecines traditionnelles et solidarité au Festival Nomad

- La Dépêche, 16 avril 2004
Festival Nomad

- La Dépêche, 7 avril 2004
Festival Nomad 2004

- La Dépêche, 12 mars 2004
Cette plante antipaludique


- CAAP Santé, 2003
Artemisia annua, une plante chinoise contre le paludisme

- La Dépêche, 9 avril 2003
Les lycéens marchent pour la solidarité


- Madame Figaro, septembre 2002
Muriel Hernandez et les médecins traditionnels du Ladakh

- Cambodia Daily, 4-5 May 2002
Highland drama. Mondolikiri’s phnong people are presented with a new kind of health message

- Rolex Award, 2002
Saving traditional medicine


- Cambodia Daily, 6 Dec. 2001
Challenges in fights against malaria discussed at conference

- Geographical, June 2001
Peak practice

- Marken Agentur, 5 April 2004
Bewerber für bedeutende internationale Auszeichnung gesucht

- Que Idea (Ecuador), 2 Abril 2001
Medicina ancestral vuelve a la vida

- Tiscali, fev. 2001
Medicina alternative. Il dottore viene dal Tibet

- Le Vif / L’express (Belgique), n°2587, février 2001
A l’école des sorciers (entretien avec Olivier Schmitz)

- Sciences & Nature, jan.-fév. 2001
Des initiatives qui font bouger les choses

- Terre Sauvage, N°157, jan. 2001
Ladakh, les médecins du toit du monde


- Ça m’Intéresse, N°238, déc. 2000
Le secret des Amchis

- Network21, Dec. 2000
Visionaries make a difference

- National Geographic 198(5), Nov. 2000
Honouring the human spirit

- National Geographic, édition française, 34(14), nov. 2000
Rendre hommage au génie humain

- Bioviva, Le Journal de la Terre, 12 déc. 2000
Le retour de la médecine tibétaine

- The Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 2000
Rolex recognizes five super achievers

- New Strait Times, Oct. 2000
Recognizing the innovative spirit

- India in New York, 6 Oct. 2000
Award for Tibetan health care method

- India Abroad, 1 Oct. 2000
Frenchman awarded for work in Ladakh

- Le Temps, 30 sept. 2000
Le Prix Rolex décerné à new York

- La Croix, n° 35706, 30 août 2000
Nomad, une ONG qui protège les savoirs traditionnels


- La Dépêche, 27 septembre 1999
Festival Nomad. La ville a rendez-vous avec tout le monde

- La Dépêche, 17 septembre 1999
Nomad sur la planète Pinel

- La Dépêche, 30 mars 1999
Muriel vaut sauver les médecines traditionnelles


- Cambodge Soir, 19 fev. 1998
Plantes médicinales du Mondolkiri

- Phnom Penh Post, Feb. 27 - March 13, 1998
When science and the spirit meet

- La dépêche, 20 février 1998
Nomad Santé et Education, lauréat du Défi Jeune 1997


- Cambodge Soir, N°348, 7 sept. 1997
Nomad, Un nouveau concept d’ONG en marche

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