The Trees Remember

A film series directed by Angela Tucker

Spanning across 60 years, “The Trees Remember” is a series of compelling, reflective and sometimes humorous short fiction films that feature Black women of different ages growing and thriving in the outdoors — exploring connection through movement, stewardship and grace.

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Set in 2020, 70-year-old Pepper rarely leaves her home in New Orleans due to the pandemic. Craving connection, she eventually discovers the meditative aspects of birding and learns that nature can bring people together even when there’s distance.

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It’s 1990, Nia and Franklin are a bickering couple weathering a rough patch in their marriage. While deciding whether to leave Philadelphia to be closer to nature, they take a trail maintenance class from a park ranger and learn the importance of maintaining something beloved.

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In 1960 during the civil rights movement, Carmella takes her teenage daughter, Jojo, on a weekend fishing trip to rural Louisiana. For Carmella, this trip is about more than fishing: It’s a chance to teach Jojo about Black history and the ongoing fight for equal rights.

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Meet the director

Angela Tucker is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker who co-wrote and directed “The Trees Remember.” Her production company, TuckerGurl Inc, is passionate about stories that highlight underrepresented communities in unconventional ways.

“It’s important that people think about the outdoors in a much broader and more accessible way than they probably have been, and these pieces can play a part in that.” – Angela Tucker

Meet the crew

Isha Chari
Bron Moyi
Director of Photography
Jeremy Blum
Duane Prefume

Making the films

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In collaboration with TuckerGurl, REI Co-op Studios created a multipart video series to help expand the historically narrow definition of the outdoors and address barriers to collective healing outside.
“Change is partly about creating more diverse content and showing people of different races and different body types. That’s so you can see yourself in these kinds of brands.” - Angela Tucker
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