The Fruit Hunters
You can find them deep in the jungles of Borneo, in the
hills of Umbria and perhaps even in your own backyard. They are fruit hunters,
the subjects of the new film from acclaimed director Yung Chang (Up the
Yangtze, China Heavyweight).
The Fruit Hunters travels across culture, history
and geography to show how intertwined we are with the fruits we eat. Our
guides are devoted fruit fanatics. Movie star Bill Pullman’s obsession leads
him on a crusade to create a community orchard in the Hollywood Hills.
Adventurers Noris Ledesma and Richard Campbell scour the jungle for rare
mangos, hoping to intervene before the plants are steamrolled by
industrialization. Pioneering scientist Juan Aguilar races to breed bananas
resistant to a deadly fungus that threatens the worldwide crop. And fruit
detectives including Isabella Dalla Ragione investigate Renaissance-era
paintings for clues, hoping to rediscover lost fruits. And, of course, there
are the fruits themselves, presented in all their mouthwatering glory:
cherimoyas, ice cream beans, durians and more.
A cinematic odyssey through nature and commerce, The Fruit
Hunters will change not only the way we look at what we eat but
how we view our relationship to the natural world.
2012, 95 min 13 s
International Environment Film Festival / FIFE
February 19 to 26 2013, Paris - France
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