Tigers Apprentice


1998 / 57 minutes

Directed by
M. Trinh Nguyen
Country of production
United States

Tiger's Apprentice is the story of M. Trinh Nguyen's journey to her native Vietnam. She observes and documents her great-uncle's folk medicine practices treating many patients and making his medicines for tumours, leprosy, and infections. She also seeks out people cured by her great-uncle, talks to local doctors and herbalists, battle Vietnamese government censors fearful her footage might make them seem backward to the Western world, and ultimately realises that through her investigation she has unwittingly begun to apprentice.

Language and subtitles
English and Vietnamese with English Subtitles
South-East Asia
Health / Health care / Healing Archaeobotany / Ethnobotany