When a Basque family’s eldest son decides not to take over the family farm, sensitive daughter Amaia steps in to convince their controlling father Tomás of the inevitability of change. A film of rare lyricism and visual poetry, writer-director Asier Altuna’s first solo dramatic feature is a sumptuous and deeply felt exploration of the struggle to maintain the customs that form identity against the inevitability of change. Symbolically rich and rooted in tremendous performances by a largely non-professional cast, while stunningly set in the unforgettable Basque countryside, Amama: When a Tree Falls is steeped in Basque tradition but tells a universal tale of ancestry, generational divide, and the demands of progress.