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 | 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.