HIDDEN MEDICINE is a film in support of legislation then 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 (FaithKeeper of the Onondaga Nation); executive produced by Horst Rechelbacher (Founder of the Aveda Corporation); 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, prefaced by Robert Redford, premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, and screened at the American Indian Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and Taos Talking Pictures. On 23 November 2000 the film had a special screening for the Working Group on the draft declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
The film aired in 2000 and 2001 on Sundance TV as part of the "Best of the Sundance Film Festival" series with an appeal encouraging viewers to take immediate action regarding the protection of Native Peoples Sacred Sites, and the Act to Save America’s Forests and the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act.