Directed by Sara Dosa • Documentary • 2014 • 78 minutes
Amid the bustling world of Central Oregon's wild mushroom hunting camps, the lives of two former soldiers intersect. Roger, a 75 year-old sniper with the US Special Forces in Vietnam, and Kouy, a 46 year-old platoon leader of Cambodia's Khmer Freedom Fighters who battled the Khmer Rouge, come together each fall to hunt the elusive matsutake mushroom, a rare mushroom prized in Japanese culture and cuisine. However, the pair discover more than just mushrooms in the woods: they find a new life, a livelihood, and a means to slowly heal the scarring wounds of war. Told over the course of one matsutake mushroom season, The Last Season is a journey into the woods and into the memory of war and survival, telling a story of family from an unexpected place.
"Sara Dosa makes the matsutake a metaphor for the cycles of life, and has created a lyrical ode to the wonders of love and nature, even amid inevitable change." - San Francisco Chronicle