Sitting in her favorite oak tree, 11‐year old Filine encounters little wonders in the natural world around her. She sees the beauty and dramas of the life in and around a tree most people are not aware of. Then, as trees fall down in the forest, Filine starts to fear that one day she will lose the special oak tree. The rebellious girl makes a plan to stop the tree chopping in the forest. But what if nothing changes?
After finishing her MSC in Biology and MA in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, Marleen van der Werf graduated with her MA in (wildlife) documentary filmmaking with the film Wadland. This film represents the search for a lost childhood memory in a tidal area where time and space continually change. Change is also a main theme in the documentary Once Upon a Tree in which she again combines her love for both nature and philosophy.
Director: Marleen van der Werf
Country: The Netherlands
Duration: 14 min
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