The Rubin Journey to Yarsa
Journey to Yarsa
2011, Nepal, Dipendra Bhandari, 55 min.
Thousands of families in Rukum District (western Nepal) leave their villages and flock the high altitude meadows in the Himalayas every summer in search of Yarsagumba, the fungus-larvae prized in East Asia for its energizing properties. Due to the high demands of Yarsagumba in the Chinese market in recent years, the over-harvesting is likely to affect the region’s ecosystem. Stunningly shot, the documentary unravels stories of everyday hardships, struggles, and failures while paying tribute to human resilience, hope and conviction amidst harsh geography and climatic conditions. Post-screening discussion with Eugenia Bone.
About the Speaker
Eugenia Bone is a nationally known journalist and author. Her work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Fine Dining, Martha Stewart Living, Wine Enthusiast, Sunset, The New York Times, and The Denver Post. She is the author of four books. Her current book is Mycophilia: Revelations From the Weird World of Mushrooms. She is the founder of Slow Food Western Slope in Colorado and the president of the New York Mycological Society, which was founded 50 years ago by composer John Cage.