American film-maker brings rhododendron documentary to Fort cinema

The documentary by award-winning film-maker Julia Haslett hits the big screen at the Highland Cinema in Fort William this Sunday. NO F20 Pushed Up the Mountain 02

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Residents of Lochaber will need no introduction to the subject of American film-maker Julia Haslett’s new documentary, Pushed up the Mountain.

Award-winning Haslett is coming to Scotland to tour the documentary, a poetic and personal film about plants and the people who care for them with a specific focus on the much-loved and equally hated rhododendron.


The documentary explores the threats to the rhododendron in its native China. NO F20 Pushed Up the Mountain 03

Shot on location in Scotland and China, the film tells the story of the ancient and controversial rhododendron, now endangered in its native China.

The film begins in a rhododendron garden in Argyll, owned by the filmmaker’s godfather, and features nature conservationists from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Scottish Forestry Commission, among others.

Ultimately, it reveals how high the stakes are for all living organisms in this time of unprecedented destruction of the natural world.

The documentary explores the threats to the rhododendron in its native China. NO F20 Pushed Up the Mountain 01

The film has screened in festivals around the world and was sponsored by the
Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art.

Due to the pandemic, all these screenings have been virtual. However, this tour of Scotland marks the first time Pushed up the Mountain will screen before an in-person audience with the director present.

Haslett has worked for WGBH-Boston, the Discovery Channel, and as a film-maker-in-residence at Stanford University’s Centre for Biomedical Ethics.

Currently, she teaches documentary filmmaking at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The new documentary comes to the Highlamnd Cinema in Fort William this Sunday. NO f20 02

Pushed up the Mountain will have its Scottish Premiere on May 20 at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, followed by screenings at the Highland Cinema in Fort William on Sunday (May 22). All screenings will be followed by an in-person Q&A with the director.

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