Fantastic Fungi (2019)

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Documentary by: Louie Schwartzberg
If your idea of mushrooms is something you occasionally slap on your pizza or that inadvertently grows on your toes, this documentary will most probably expand your horizons — as only mushrooms can.

In fact, the revelations in this film are so incredible, you’ll be wondering if you’re watching a science-fiction movie.  

Through a wide range of interviews — most notably with mycologist Paul Stamets — and some mind-blowing time-lapse photography, you will learn that mushrooms are quintessential to life and death on Earth, that they allow trees to communicate among each other, that they are probably at the origin of life, consciousness and most religions, that they can kill and heal, and that they can also be used to clean up biohazard waste. 

Oh — and you can eat them, too.

With the recent push to reexamine the benefits of psychedelic mushrooms to cure mental illness, this film is timely and shines a glorious light on a mysterious and magical organism that has stayed in the dark for way too long.