The Man Who Planted Trees
This animated film, which won the 1988 Academy Award for best short animated film, is based on a story by Jean Giono. It tells the story of a man in Provence who by the strength of his indomitable will and love for the land, transforms a barren wasteland into a verdant landscape. The animation is stunning, and the gentle narration by Christopher Plummer sets a reverent tone that enhances the visual imagery. This film through its message and artistry will certainly captivate any viewer, and it begs to be watched again and again. Every time I experience this film, I feel like I have finished a deep and completely satisfying meditation. Through its simple message, The Man Who Planted Trees, reminds us all that reverence for the earth helps us to have reverence for ourselves and others.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_7yEPNUXsU