A documentary film about the trees experience and the cycle of their lives, as well as their death. The motion of the tree is opposite that of the motion of human kind.



Sight is restored to the blind man, and yet what he sees is something more, a vision. The film too strives to make visible what at first glance appears hidden: the secret life of the tree and the second life of wood.

In a world chock-full of artificial signs, it is truly difficult to be enthralled, yet also comforted, at the sight of a tree. Yet there are people capable of restoring our sight, someone who has been blind as we are, but who began to see once again, who has learned from nature —someone who is a man, but also a tree that walks. And so the tree that walks looks like a young woodsman who wakes at dawn, a luthier who builds musical instruments, a sculptor, an ingenious inventor, a naval engineer, or an elderly partisan.

In the film, these are the characters who give form to wood so that it may become watercraft, sculpture, violin, paper, cross, or memorial. They are wise figures, commentators with a unique view on the world we live in.

Trees that walk is a vision of constant birth and death, a vision that becomes word as well as voice, that of the writer Erri De Luca who gave his written words so they would become a literary skeleton—the film’s cinematographic material, made as it is of characters just as common as they are extraordinary.

Mattia Colombo


Reviews from the Slamdance Film Festival


Slamdance Film Festival
Director: Mattia Colombo
Italy/59 min/US Premiere 

Moving from fantastic visuals of forests and trees to loggers and woodcutters to wood carvers and wood workers and all the way past the lumber industry, Trees That Walk follows the path of wood as it’s cut down, cut up, shaped and turned into lumber for homes, works of art, musical instruments and so much more. The film is incredibly pleasing visually and the music, my god, the music couldn’t fit more perfectly—using woodwinds and string instruments (made from wood of course), a haunting yet glorious effect is created throughout the film. The film closes with what is most important when it comes to trees and nature: Accountability. It focuses specifically on a movement to protect the trees of Gezi Park in Turkey, but the sentiment of how much more should and could be done by the human race is clear. With the amount of waste and devastation caused by the people of the world, the deforestation, the thoughtless destruction—something needs to be said about the impact we as humans have on not just trees, but on nature in general. That message from the film came off slightly smaller than perhaps it could have been—especially with the film opening with and repeating a metaphor describing humans as “trees that walk.” We use trees for so much in our lives, and we should be doing more to protect them and preserve them. –John Ford


See You in Palm Springs!


Sunday, March 29  11:30 am

Trees that Walk (Alberi Che Camminano)

Location: Camelot Theatre, Palm Springs

“From the moutains of Italy we see a stunning bit of life that is rarely seen by most anyone.”

Alberi che Camminano

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