Lu Ming-Shih is a man who vows to plant trees along the Tropic of Cancer. Inspired by Jean Giono’s novel L'homme qui plantait des arbres (The Man Who Plants Trees) and after a trip to the Provence in southern France, Lu launches an ambitious project, named "Green Fingers," which aims at planti...(Read more)
Lu Ming-Shih is a man who vows to plant trees along the Tropic of Cancer. Inspired by Jean Giono’s novel L'homme qui plantait des arbres (The Man Who Plants Trees) and after a trip to the Provence in southern France, Lu launches an ambitious project, named "Green Fingers," which aims at planting trees in Chiayi, where the Tropic of Cancer crosses Taiwan. He knows well this mission will not be completed in his lifetime, yet believes that it can be handed down from generation to generation. For nine years, Lu has also done community development, such as giving children art classes and holding cultural festivals. It encourages and empowers local residents to preserve, reshape, and rebuild their natural and cultural surroundings. Lu’s project proves to be not merely about planting trees but also about helping organize local grass-root movements.
Commissioned and sponsored by an NGO, director Lin Yu-Hsien makes a traditional documentary interviewing focused features and recording main events. The story he tells is a dream-come-true narrative. The film begins with Lu stating his belief and setting off the project to plant trees. Then the camera follows Lu in a detour that shows him spreading cultural seeds among residents of local communities. Towards the end of the film, Lu’s efforts come to fruition: an old landowner donates a great stretch of land, which has belonged to his family for years, to Lu’s project. The film ends with a scene showing the family members gathering to plant the first row of trees.
|DVD source：||R.O.C. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.|
|Taiwan Academies, Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. please contact Embassies, Representative Offices of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.|
|Subtitle：||Chinese, English, French, Spanish|
|Editor：||LIN Yu-Hsien, TING Chien-Wen|
Jump Boys Films
2008 Taiwan International Documentary Festival, nominated for Taiwan Award
2008 Yilan Green International Film Festival