Emptying the Skies

Emptying the Skies

  • Director(s): Douglas Kass
  • Producer(s): Roger Kass
  • Country: United States
  • Year: 2013
  • Duration: 75 min
  • Language: English, Italian, German, French
  • Format: Video HDCAM 1080/23.98p
  • Premiere status: None

If you want to impress your dining companions in Cyprus, it's not caviar that you order, but ambelopoulia: a tiny songbird. But as this gripping doc reveals, the cost to bring such delicacies to the table is enormous. Bestselling novelist Jonathan Franzen takes a break from the world of fiction to guide us through an all too horrifying reality: tens of millions of protected migratory songbirds are illegally killed every year. Franzen, a longtime bird lover, accompanies young staffers of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter on their expeditions. With police enforcement in Southern Europe practically non-existent, they risk their lives to rescue trapped birds, and confront hostile poachers. It's a topic that proves a cultural flashpoint -- the Cypriot landowners cannot understand why a bunch of Italians can tell them what to do on their land. Q&A with author, Jonathan Franzen for both screenings! CN Click to Watch Trailer

Director Filmography
  • 2008, Behind the Walls of S-21
Credits
Cinematographer(s):
Michael Tucker, Douglas Kass
Editor(s):
Michael Levine
Executive Producer(s):
Jonathan Franzen, Andrea van Beuren
Music(s):
Marty Beller, Laurie Anderson
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