The Man Who Planted Trees tells the story of a solitary shepherd who patiently plants and nurtures a forest of thousands of trees, single-handedly transforming his arid surroundings into a thriving oasis. Undeterred by two World Wars, and without any thought of personal reward, the shepherd tirelessly sows his seeds and acorns with the greatest care. As if by magic, a landscape that seemed condemned grows green again.
This is a film of great beauty and hope, a remarkable parable for all ages and an inspiring testament to the power of one person. It is a 'story of our time', showing us all the potential we all have to transform the world around us.
Story by Jean Geono, 1953
Frédéric Back' s animation, 1987