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The Last Season

Director - Sara Dosa
Run Time - 78 minutes
Languages - English
Format - DVD / Digital Streaming
Year - 2014
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests- Aging, American Studies, Asia, Business, Cold War Era, Culinary Arts & Sciences, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Globalization, History (U.S.), History (World), Labor Studies, Peace & Conflict Resolution, Vietnam

Institutional DVD Price: $295

Every September over 200 seasonal workers, most of them Cambodian, Lao, Hmong, Mien and Thai, set up a temporary camp near the tiny town of Chemult, Oregon. They remain until the first snowfall, searching the lush woods of Klamath County for the rare matsutake, a fungus highly prized in Japan. This sensitive, probing documentary examines the bond between two of these hunters in one unusually hard season.

Elderly Roger Higgins is a Vietnam vet who returned from the war traumatized and alienated. “We couldn’t get a job, so we made our own jobs. I would get out there in the woods and just work.” Kouy Loch is a Cambodian immigrant whose experience as a starving slave laborer under the Khmer Rouge taught him the foraging skills that now afford him a living. The men cemented their relationship years before over the shared pain of their Southeast Asian experience, becoming almost like father and son as they traipsed through the trees together. But Roger is too sick to do much hunting this year, and Kouy must walk the forest on his own.

The Last Season contrasts the past with the present, the camaraderie of the mushroom hunters’ camp with Higgins’s remote home in the woods and the hope of a yearly treasure hunt with the vagaries of climate and falling prices. The result is a poetic film about friendship, nature and life.

Nominee, Truer than Fiction, 2014 Independent Spirit Awards
Golden Gate Award, 2014 San Francisco Intl. Film Festival
Documentary Award, Center for Asian American Media (2014)
Official Selection, 2014 Seattle Intl. Film Festival
Official Selection, 2014 United Nations Association Film Festival

"Elegaic, and insightful as to the traumatizing effects of war on men from different backgrounds..."
- The Evening Class

"'The Last Season' hunts down and captures the essence of the modern documentary, slowly and surreptitiously seducing you into the ever-enlarging story languishing beneath the excellent testament to the benefits of believing in the New West." - Cinesource Magazine

"Sumptuous...Moving...A richly textured story of cultural coagulation in which men are united by violence, global commerce, and finally, respect - for each other and the forest which soothes and supports them all."
- IonCinema

"A lyrical ode to the wonders of love and nature, even amid inevitable change." - San Francisco Chronicle