Since 1979, one man in India has been reforesting the world’s largest river island

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.

Funded in part via a Kickstarter campaign, Forest Man was directed by William Douglas McMaster and won Best Documentary for the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.

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