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The man who planted trees L'homme qui plantait des arbres
Publication Information:
[Montreal, Quebec] : Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ; San Francisco, CA : Distributed by The Video Project, [2002]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
A story by Jean Giono translated by Jean Roberts.

Originally produced in 1987.

Supplemental materials: Entrevue avec [interview with] Jean Giono (b&w, 1960) (22 min.); entrevue avec [interview with] Hubert Tison (7 min.); Festivals and awards [text feature]; Photo gallery [slide show].
Added Corporate Author:
Set in Provençal France between 1910 and 1945, an anonymous narrator tells of initially meeting, and his subsequent visits with, a taciturn shepherd named Elzéard Bouffier - the 'man who planted trees'. Bouffier, after his wife and child died, moved to a remote and barren area to tend sheep. Seeing the devastated land, he resolved to change it by planting trees. And he did so -- for forty years. The results of this unrecognized, patient, continual effort, were astonishing.
System Details:
Language Note:
In Français or English with optional subtitles in Français or English.


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Academy Award-winning animator Frédéric Back adapts acclaimed author Jean Giono's inspirational tale of the difference a single determined person can make in the world when they put their mind and body to the task. A solitary shepherd selflessly determines to transform his barren surroundings into a thriving oasis against all odds and for the betterment of future generations. As each day passes and the tireless shepherd sows his seeds and acorns across the land, his sparse surroundings are eventually transformed into a lush and thriving forest. With the beauty of the newly green landscape offering a calming contrast to the two world wars that raged through the years, the shepherd's remarkable feat offers a look at both the awe inspiring power of nature and the shining hope that can emerge from the most unlikely of places. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi