L'Homme Qui Plantait des Arbres (1987)

This beautiful, award-winning, animated short film should be seen by everyone. Really, there are few films like this one that can speak so much and affect the heart of man.

A French hiker wandering through barren lands in the early 20th century discovers a lone shepherd. The quiet hermit has been systematically planting acorns for three years. Upon further visits over the next 30 years, we see the land transformed as forests grow and bring all kinds of life to the wastelands.

The animation is superb using what looks like pastels or pencil crayons and very fluid landscapes and characters.

The film promotes not only environmental ideals, but the very basic life force nature has and the purpose of humankind.

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