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Filmmakers Bring Integrative Medicine Documentary to Kenai Peninsula

Film introducing integrative medicine comes to Kenai Peninsula in February to show how doctors, patients, and integrative practitioners can work together


Image courtesy of Affinityfilms, Inc.

Poster for the movie "Partners in Healing: Integrative Medicine for Beginners".

“Partners in Healing: Integrative Medicine for Beginners,” a documentary from Affinityfilms, Inc., will screen in several communities on the Kenai Peninsula next week, including Seward, Soldotna and Homer. There is no charge to attend. Each screening will be accompanied by panel discussions with filmmakers and local practitioners where possible.

Anyone seeking a better understanding of integrative medicine—which is the combination of conventional and complementary health approaches-- will not want to miss “Partners in Healing.” The documentary (46 minutes long) debuted in October to a full house at Anchorage’s Bear Tooth Theatre, and offers a unique overview of integrative medicine modalities with patients and practitioners from Alaska. The film was also previously part of this year’s Awareness Film Fest in Los Angeles and was a special presentation of this year’s Anchorage International Film Festival.

The documentary strives to empower those facing medical challenges by showing how patients are working together with health practitioners as partners actively involved in healing. The first of its kind, the beautifully photographed and scored production takes filmgoers inside the world of integrative medicine today, featuring several local practitioners who use massage, counseling, Zentangle, reflexology, meditation, and myofascial release. Featured local experts include Dr. Lyn Freeman, Ph.D., and Dr. Gary Ferguson, N.D., of Anchorage.

The Anchorage Press called the film “solid” and its subjects “thoughtful,” adding: “The documentary packs a lot of information in a short amount of time that gives viewers a better understanding of the benefits of integrating Western medicine with some ancient practices and traditional medicines.”

“Partners in Healing” also includes local cancer patients. “But this film isn’t just about cancer,” emphasizes Producer/Director Mary Katzke. The film is intended to provide anyone enduring a health care crisis with empowering information, to give them a stronger sense of control during what can be extremely difficult times of illness and treatment.

Integrative medicine doesn’t support turning your back on Western medicine, says Katzke, but rather provides ways to make the process more comforting and supportive.

The idea for a tour came about because Katzke, a lifelong Alaskan, feels strongly that every person facing a serious health crisis or chronic illness should have the opportunity to learn how integrative medicine can help. For that reason, she has committed to bring her film to as many people as she can. “Practically speaking, that means I will do my best to find a way to head out anywhere that’s on the road system,” she says. (A trip off the road system is possible, but would require support.)  Going on the tour are Producer/Director Mary Katzke and Associate Producer and Board President Greta Artman.

Photo by Joshua Corbett

"Partners in Healing" Producer/Director Mary Katzke.

Beyond this tour, Affinityfilms also makes online access available for free for Alaskan patients who are themselves unable to travel. Access is by request through the website store at www.pihfilm.com.

This film and website were made possible thanks to grants from the Alaska Run for Women and the Alaska Breast and Cervical Health Partnership.

The Kenai Peninsula tour is taking place in cooperation with: Seward Senior Citizens, Inc., in Seward; Central Peninsula Hospital and the Kenaitze Tribe in Soldotna; and South Peninsula Hospital and Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic in Homer.                                                                                                                        

For more information, visit the Partners in Healing website at pihfilm.com or find it on Facebook (@pihdocumentary). For more information about Affinityfilms, go to www.affinityfilms.org or on Facebook @affinityfilmsinc.


Road Tour Calendar:

Seward  - Thursday, February 1, 6:30 p.m. free showing at K.M. Rae Marine Education Building,  followed by panel discussion at 7:30 p.m., presented by Seward Senior Citizens, Inc.

Soldotna  - Fri., February 2, 5:30 p.m. at Central Peninsula Hospital (Denali Conference Room, in the lower level of the Mountain Tower) at 250 Hospital Place. Presented by Central Peninsula Hospital and the Kenaitze Indian Tribe.

Homer  - Sat., February 3 at noon (doors open 11:45 a.m.) at Homer Theatre, presented by Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic and South Peninsula Hospital.

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