Hidden Medicine


“Hidden Medicine is an experimental, mystical film that deals with the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the environment. The story takes place in Onondaga Nation Territory with appearances by Chief Oren Lyons, Clan Mother Audrey Shenandoah, Horst Rechelbacher, Candace B. Pert and William McDonough. A young girl (Dakota René) has a dream about a traditional runner (Clint Shenandoah) who takes a crucial message from his clan to the United Nations. The film beautifully weaves story, poetry, music and politics, creating an impending sense of our planet’s struggle to survive.”

– Sundance Film Festival

“Good Works – SAVING THE FORESTS Portions of the profits from the sale of an album soundtrack to the film “Hidden Medicine,” scored by Robby Romero and performed by Red Thunder, will be donated to the Native Children’s Survival Awareness Campaign for the protection of America’s forests. “Hidden Medicine” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is being aired on the Sundance Channel as part of the “Best of the Sundance Film Festival” series.”  

– Billboard Magazine

Hidden Medicine is a film in support of legislation pending in Congress to protect the remaining four percent of America’s forests. The film is written, directed and scored by Robby Romero; co-written by Chief Oren Lyons (Faith Keeper of the Onondaga Nation and professor of Native American Studies at the University of Buffalo, New York); executive produced by Horst Rechelbacher; and produced by Roland Joffé, known for helming such films as “The Killing Fields”, “The Mission”, “Fat Man and Little Boy”, and “Scarlet Letter”.

Hidden Medicine screened November 23, 2000 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and aired on Sundance Channel January 1st, 2001, with an appeal to encourage viewers to take immediate action regarding The Act to Save America’s Forests and the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act. Prefaced by Robert Redford, Hidden Medicine premiered during the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.