Pushed up the Mountain is a documentary film about our species entangled relationship with nature. Its cross-continental journey follows the revealing tale of the primordial rhododendron. Native to the Chinese Himalayas, 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 in the wild. But how to do that when warming temperatures are pushing plants up the mountainside? Inspired by their commitment, the filmmaker seeks out a lively cast of thinkers who animate the philosophical and cultural aspects of conservation work. They reflect on the origins of climate change in the Industrial Revolution and the existential questions it raises. 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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