Emptying the Skies

Emptying the Skies

DVD - 2015
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Exposes the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe. Songbird populations have been drastically declining for several decades, with a number of species facing imminent extinction. This poignant documentary explores the wonder of these tiny globe-trekking marvels, millions of which are unlawfully slaughtered each year for large sums on the black market.
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Music Box Films, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD 364.16285 EMP
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (78 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, rda
video file, DVD video, rda
Additional Contributors: Franzen, Jonathan


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Oct 04, 2018

Fascinating, educational documentary about small group of courageous Europeans trying to stop the illegal killing of songbirds in southern Europe, with the focus on illegal killing and eating of songbirds in Crete, France and Italy. The birds are caught in traps that cause extreme pain, injury and anxiety before death. The documentary is based on an essay in The New Yorker by famous novelist Jonathan Franzen, who said he gave up being an environmentalist because it would otherwise mean he would be a misogynist, but when he learned about the intrepid band trying to stop the poaching and rescue the birds, he had to get involved. Franzen, as well as the small band of rescuers, make for interesting subjects of the doc. What drives the killing of millions of these migratory birds in Europe is there value as a "culinary delicacy." The term for eating them, generally whole including the entrails, is ambelopoulia, with a table of diners in France demonstrating a meal of songbirds with napkins covering their heads for British TV. Good subtitles, short extra worth seeing. Critic's pick, Village Voice.

Jul 10, 2018

I am a budding birder. This got my juices going... movie focuses on CABS. A group trying to help migratory birds. Specifically, the direct action component of their cause. Pretty drilled down...

Feb 23, 2018

I read the Franzen essay this documentary was written on and was just fascinated by this story. I had no idea that hunting song birds was such an issue in Europe. I thought the documentary did a good job of showing the flaws of these bird protectors, but also showing the hear behind what they do.... Made me feel good to know that the laws are being more strictly enforced now.

jpozenel Feb 29, 2016

A worthwhile cause but the subject matter seems hardly adequate to fill a movie. It could have been covered just as well as a segment on 60 minutes.

Dec 31, 2015

Exposes the illegal poaching of migrating birds in Europe and the indifference of the European Union to enforce the laws. Several committed bird lovers do what they can to foil poachers and release hunted birds. As trophy hunting is in the news, here is a dirty secret happening in Cyprus, Malta, Italy and France.

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