The Mushroom Speaks

Shared Planet
Closed Captions
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.