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Roots & Hollers

Tracing the wild ginseng root from Appalachia to Asia.

Overview

Genre
Environment, Contemporary Issues, History, Natural History, and Lifestyle
Synopsis

"Roots & Hollers" takes you deep inside the world of wild American ginseng, the legendary root linking Asia to the mountainous hollers of Appalachia for centuries. Considered a cure-all, wild roots sell for thousands of dollars in Asian markets. Hunting and selling ginseng is a valuable staple across Appalachia, bringing extra cash to help make ends meet. This half-hour documentary follows two budding businessmen, Jeremy Tackett and Terry Cable, as they try their luck in the underground trade of America’s most valuable root: Ginseng.

Winner of the 2011 Excellence in Business Reporting Prize from UC Berkeley, "Roots & Hollers" reveals the challenges diggers face as they try to eke out a living from this rare and valuable plant. It also uncovers new threats to this age-old subculture as urban sprawl, over-harvesting, and strip-mining radically alters the Appalachian landscape.

Stage
finished
Running time
26 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Country
United States
Years of Production
1
Locations
Kentucky, West Virginia, California

Distribution Details

Release year
2011
Festivals
2011 - SF DocFest, 2012 - Wild and Scenic Film Festival; Taos Shortz Film Festival
Awards
2011 - Excellence in Business Reporting, UC Berkeley
Language
English

Photos

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