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The Forest Man

Since 1979, Jadav Payeng has been planting hundreds of trees on an Indian island threatened by erosion. In this film, photographer Jitu Kalita traverses Payeng’s home—the largest river island in the world—and reveals the touching story of how this modern-day Johnny Appleseed turned an eroding desert into a wondrous oasis.

It’s an amazing story of both environmental activism but also the impact of photography can have on a region and a person.  It was one of the best things I have seen in 2017.