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The Messenger (PG tbc)

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DIRECTOR Su Rynard

A beautiful documentary about songbirds and the dangers they face, examining how these are linked to the fate of humanity.

This beautiful and persuasive documentary explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to wetlands near Mount Ararat to the streets of New York City, the film brings us face-to-face with a remarkable variety of human-made perils that have devastated these airborne music-makers. A rich and satisfying call to action, presented with some novel ideas on how to restore the ecological balance.
(2017 UK 90 mins)

Filmmaker Su Rynard painstakingly surveys the ornithological research around the world, providing a comprehensive primer. Although most interviewees featured here aren’t agenda-pushing activists, some of their findings unequivocally caution on the necessity of averting the birds’ extinction because they are an integral part of the ecological system. The conservationists offer some proven solutions, such as window treatments and regulating after-hours light use in office buildings. The slow-motion close-ups alone should convince you these magnificent creatures are well worth the effort.  Martin Tsai, LA Times