a film by Emily Gan
World Premiere: April 28 2019 @ Hot Docs 2019
Prize Winner: Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award @ Hot Docs 2019
runtime: 81 minutes
An industry that farms edible nests made of bird spit provides the backdrop to a father-daughter film about matters of the heart, home, and heritage.
In CAVEBIRDS, the filmmaker tracks her father’s progress in building an edible-nest swiftlet birdhouse in his hometown - a small village in Malaysia he left more than half a lifetime ago. Together they explore the places they call home on opposite sides of the globe, while the birds fly unceasingly from scene to scene bridging the cultural and generational gaps between a daughter and her immigrant father.