15-0348 Sirocco - How a Dud Became a Stud
Produced by Ashwika Kapur, Centre for Science Communication- Otago University
Category as a finalist: Marian Zunz Emerging Filmmaker
There are only 125 Kakapo Parrots left on Planet Earth today. So few, that all of them have been named. One among them is a world famous superstar called Sirocco.
Sirocco – how a dud became a stud, is the delightful rags-to-riches story of a bird that shot to mega-stardom.
Sirocco is the only bird in the world with a government job. The film unfolds the story of a parrot catapulted, by a strange chain of events, to phenominal fame and recognition. Today this bizarre New Zealand bird has his own PR team that manages his public image. He has a social media following (over 160,000) that has surpassed that of many human celebrities. He even gets his own VIP seat in the airplane that flies him on official tours.