A poetic and personal film about plants and the people who care for them


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SILVER AWARD - University Film Video Association Conference | Environmental Film Festival at Yale | Wild & Scenic Film Festival - US Premiere

Conservation • Environment • Globalization • Biodiversity • China • Climate Change • Gardening • Humanities • Geography • Geology • History

Date of Completion: 2020 | Run Time: 76 minutes​​ | Language: English & Mandarin with English subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript & Study Guide (Coming Soon) | Director: Julia Haslett | Producer: Julia Haslett | Co-Producer: Mengqi Jiang

PUSHED UP THE MOUNTAIN is a poetic and personal film about plants and the people who care for them. Through the tale of the migrating rhododendron, now endangered in its native China, the film reveals how high the stakes are for all living organisms in this time of unprecedented destruction of the natural world. Beginning in the Scottish Highlands, in the garden of the filmmaker's godfather, the film travels between conservationists in China and Scotland who devote their lives to the rhododendron’s survival. Patiently observed footage of conservationists at work combines with centuries-old landscape paintings and the filmmaker’s speculative voice to create a thought-provoking film about human efforts to protect nature for and from ourselves.

UNC-Chapel Hill | Elizabeth Havice, Professor of Geography
Pushed Up the Mountain takes viewers on a visually dazzling and provocative exploration of the historical and geographic connections that make global conservation. By bringing the rhododendron to life from the vantage point of colonial histories, scientific discovery and the passion of advocates, it compels the viewer to imagine what else the ancient flower might bring into being. Equally perfect for students of geography, ecology and conservation or the curious plant lover, this timely film offers the rhododendron as a window into the pressing questions that the earth and its inhabitants face in an era of dramatic environmental change."

Binghamton University | Fa-ti Fan, Professor of History
“This film is profound, enthralling, and easily relatable. It deserves to be seen by students and anyone who is interested in the contemporary issues of nature, conservation, and Chinese-Western relationships and their history.”

Sierra Club | Robbie Cox, former President
"Stunning and urgent, this film quickens our awareness of nature's loss and, for conservationists particularly, invites an ethic of caring in defense of plants and their shrinking habitat."

 Film Threat | Kyle Bain
"The rhododendron, and what Haslett is able to bring to life, is unique and groundbreaking […] This is truly the most captivating documentary I’ve seen in a long time."

Simon Kilmurry, Former Executive Director of IDA and POV
[the film] has such a tender, yearning tone gently calling our attention to the madness that we wreak on nature and ultimately ourselves. There are so many layers at work - from colonialism to connection across border and time, in timescales long and short.