15-0401 The Messenger
Produced by Songbirdsos Productions Inc. and Films À Cinq/ARTE France
Category as a finalist: Conservation
In ancient times humans looked to the flights and songs of birds to foretell the future. Today once more, birds have something to tell us.
Su Rynard’s wide-ranging and contemplative film The Messenger looks at a human-made perfect-storm that could end a song that has been sung for millions of years.
Warblers, Buntings, Swallows, Thrushes — are just some of the many songbirds that fill our skies, yards and parks. For thousands of years these affecting songsters have been embarking on an incredible migratory journey across continents and oceans. But today they are threatened by climate change, pesticides, predators and city lights. In this rapidly changing world, songbirds are disappearing at an alarming rate, and their decline is a message to us all.
The Messenger is a powerful reflection and intimate investigation that captures the beauty of the birds, and their music as they take flight and fight to survive. Moving from the northern point of the Boreal Forest to the base of Turkey’s Mount Ararat to ground zero in New York City, we meet an engaging cast of ecologists, enthusiasts and every day people who are exposing the very real threats to these amazing creatures, and working for change.