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Up on the Mountain

A film about commercial mushroom pickers and their struggle to access public lands.

Videos

Up on the Mountain – Trailer

Overview

Genre
Anthropology, Culture, Environment, and Social Issues
Synopsis

Up on the Mountain follows Southeast Asian refugees, Latino immigrants, and white rural Americans on a year-round migration to harvest wild mushrooms in the American west. Working on foot in public forests, mushroom picking is an accessible path to self-employment for people who face systemic barriers. But despite evidence of the sustainability of the harvest, the workers who supply the restaurants of the world are repeatedly denied access to public lands. In the observational documentary tradition, Up on the Mountain exposes race and class inequities in natural resources policies as well as the resourcefulness of the communities who depend on them.

Stage
finished
Running time
99 minutes

Credits

  • Olivier Matthon ... Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor
  • Michael Reis ... Co-Director, Co-Producer

Production Details

Country
United States

Distribution Details

Release year
2022
Festivals
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Princeton Environmental Film Festival, Jean Rouch Film Festival, Construir Cine International Labor Film festival
Awards
Special Mention Gaïa Award
Language
English, Spanish, Lao
Subtitles
English, Spanish, French

Photos

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