Director Manika Sharma
Completion Date: May 15, 2017
This film, The Wishing Tree, resulted from a desire to produce an entertaining full-length feature film that could make children (of all races, regions & faiths) fall in love with trees & forests. It is a herculean task for an independent filmmaker like me to produce a feature film without any affiliation to a big studio or a distributor. The journey was arduous but a few words that my School Principal would often quote from a Chief Seattle speech (supposedly made in 1854)... kept me going. Chief Seattle, talking about ecological responsibility, had said, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”.
THE WISHING TREE is a magical, inspirational and an entertaining story of five children in a hill-station who come together to save their ‘wishing tree’ from being cut by vested interests. The film is lively, entertaining, endearing and engrossing so that the underlying message to love nature and protect trees and environment is seamlessly driven home.