Pushed up the Mountain is a documentary film about our species entangled relationship with nature. Its cross-continental journey follows the unexpectedly revealing tale of the primordial rhododendron. Native to the mountains of southwest China, this colorful garden plant was first introduced to the UK at the height of the British Empire. Today, Chinese and Scottish conservationists devote their lives to its survival . Inspired by their commitment, the filmmaker seeks out a lively cast of thinkers who animate the philosophical and cultural aspects of their work. Intimate footage of conservationists at work, breathtaking natural environments, and centuries-old Chinese landscape paintings create a visually arresting and thought-provoking film about human efforts to protect nature for and from ourselves.

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