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A still from 'The Mushroom Speaks' A shot of two oyster mushrooms growing from a lump of white mycelium.

The Mushroom Speaks – Edinburgh

Shared Planet

18 September 2022 | 8:30pm - 11:00pm

Closed Captions British Sign Language (BSL) Audio Description
88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom
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Film Synopsis: The Mushroom Speaks

Director: Marion Neumann | Countries of production: Switzerland | Year: 2021 | Length: 90 min
Language: English, German, Japanese with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

An enchanting exploration of what mushrooms can teach us about being in the world: in solidarity, adaptability, and ways of imagining otherwise.

What does it mean to think radically through networks, through mycelium, through enmeshed and attuned connectivity with the more-than-human world? What can we learn from mushrooms’ resilience and adaptability, and their worldmaking power even amidst devastation? Narrated by a silent mushroom, this wondrous documentary in conversation with scientists, mycologists, foragers and mushroom lovers is an optimistic experiment in relating to each other and the world around us differently – and finding hope and possibility even in the ruins.

Content notes: References to the consumption of mild altering substances & hallucinations

Access notes: Mainly bright images; considerable visual storytelling; no abrasive sounds or flashing images.




Our friends at Lighthouse Books have put together specially-curated reading lists for a selection of films, inviting us to delve deeper into the issues explored in our line-up. Here you’ll find a list of books recommended by Jessica relating to The Mushrooms Speaks which explore ideas of entanglement and resilience in ecology, communities and beyond.


Beyond the Screen

Join us in conversation after the film to explore what fungi can teach us about being in the world: in solidarity, adaptability, and ways of imagining otherwise – with special guests with Jessica Gaitán Johannesson (author of The Nerves and their Endings), Mim Black (Co-Founder of Rhyze Mushrooms), and Hana Koen (Edinburgh-based forager, gardener and wildcrafter).

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