The Fruit Hunters
Directed by Yung Chang
The Fruit Hunters, the new documentary from acclaimed director Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze, China Heavyweight ), is a sensual and seductive tribute to nature’s sweetest bounty. It is a cinematic odyssey that takes viewers from the dawn of humanity to the cutting of edge of modern agriculture – a film that will change not just the way we look at what we eat, but what it means to be human. Inspired by Adam Leith Gollner’s book of the same name, and accompanied by a motley group of fruit fanatics including Hollywood actor Bill Pullman, Chang explores a wider, weirder world of fruit: stinky durians, cherimoyas, ice cream beans. 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 varietals. Pullman’s efforts to seed a community orchard in the Hollywood hills are interspersed with juicy historical tidbits tracing cultivation across centuries and continents.
BRING FRUIT TO SHARE!
Producer: Mila Aung-Thwin, Katherine Baulu, Bob Moore
Screenwriter: Adam Gollner, Yung Chang, Mark Slutsky, Mila Aung-Thwin
Camera: Mark Ó'Fearghail
Editor: Mark Ó'Fearghail, Hannele Halm, Omar Majeed
Music: Omar Majeed, Johannes Malfatti
Featuring: Bill Pullman, Ken Love