Apr 14, 2016
Directed by Su Rynard
Rated Not Rated, 89 min.
Part of the Reel Community Series
$5 suggested donation
Presented in partnership with the Swaner EcoCenter
Additional support provided by Promontory Foundation and Park City Community Foundation
Su Rynardís wide-ranging and contemplative documentary THE MESSENGER 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 the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the streets of New York, THE MESSENGER brings us face-to-face with a remarkable variety of human-made perils that have devastated thrushes, warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks and many other airborne music-makers.
On one level, THE MESSENGER is an engaging, visually stunning, emotional journey, one that mixes its elegiac message with hopeful notes and unique glances into the influence of songbirds on our own expressions of the soul. On another level, THE MESSENGER is the artful story about the mass depletion of songbirds on multiple continents, and about those who are working to turn the tide.
In ancient times humans looked to the flight and songs of birds to protect the future. Today once again, birds have something to tell us.
Q&A following film with Dr. «ağan Şekercioğlu, professor of conservation ecology and ornithology at the University of Utah, who is also featured in the film.
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