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Hard-hitting documentary that takes an in-depth look at some of the political, economic, and social challenges that Japan - and our world - is facing.


Sat.15:10 - 16:00
21:10 - 22:00
Sun.3:10 - 4:00
  9:10 - 10:00

Jul. 11, Sat.

The Plant Hunter

Imagine going on adventures to remote places to collect exotic plants and trees, then showing them to create an emotional impact with a deep purpose. There's a man who does just that: Seijun Nishihata, 34. They call him "the Plant Hunter". He's been to Asian tropical forests, Yemeni desert, Australian marshes, the Rocky Mountains... Every year he makes the equivalent of 10 trips around the globe. This program focuses on his quest to obtain 4 giant "palo borrachos", a rare tree from deep within an Argentine forest. He uses special techniques to essentially put the giant trees to sleep for their journey to Japan, where they will be displayed. Seijun himself looks like a bit of a wild child, but he is in fact a 5th generation professional horticulturist, heir to a plant and tree wholesaler that has been in business for a century and a half. An old established firm that has developed special techniques for cultivating and regularly stocking over 3,000 species of plants and flowers for use in gardens and in ikebana flower arrangements. In Seijun's "plant hunting" and outsized projects lies the spirit of ikebana: relocating wild plants in ways that resonate with people all over the world. We follow Seijun for a year, and witness how he creates new landscaping that moves hearts and minds.