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Mushroom At The Top Of The World

Matjaž Pinter, Nepal, Slovenia, Ireland 2021, 43 Min., OV with English subs
Followed by a talk with Matjaž Pinter

Curated by Tibet Film Festival

Selected by the Tibet Film Festival in Berlin, the two films in this programme offer audiences trans-Himalayan perspectives, exploring human connections, interwoven histories and shared narratives of the Himalayan region.

Mushroom At The Top Of The World follows a story of a village in Nepal's Rukum district, where in the aftermath of the People's War, the villagers have turned to mushroom picking in order to restructure their livelihoods. Yarsagumba, also known as "Himalayan gold", is a rare mushroom that is picked in the remotest corners of the Nepal Himalayas. A decade ago Nepal was struck by the yarsagumba trading craze, as the prices of the mushrooms soared in international markets. Since then the local population has become increasingly dependent on this precious resource.  The documentary film addresses the issues of the precarious world of rural Nepal and portrays the people and their daily resilience to make a living in the relentless mountainous landscape. (TFF)

Matjaž Pinter is a visual and political anthropologist with an interest in political ecology. His research concentrates on the study of subaltern resistance, revolutionary subjectivity, and contemporary peasant movements at the fringes of capitalism.