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ALBATROSS Screening to mark World Migratory Bird Day 2019

Bonn, 8 May 2019 - To mark World Migratory Bird Day 2019, the CMS and AEWA Secretariats will be screening the film ALBATROSS, created by the American filmmaker and photographer Chris Jordan on Thursday, 9 May. The film is a startling journey into a tiny and remote island in the Pacific Ocean — known as the Midway Atoll — where a great environmental tragedy is unfolding. Gut-wrenching in more than one sense, ALBATROSS is a visual journey into this mid-ocean breeding site where adult Albatross birds and nascent chicks alike are literally chocking to death on plastic. These disquieting images relay to us the reality of polluted oceans and their dramatic effects on wildlife, including birds. 



ALBATROSS is at the same time a tale of beauty and love for life. In his unique style, Jordan asks to deliver a message of reverence for nature by walking us “across the ocean of grief — and beyond”. The footage compiled in his film has been gathered during recurrent, yet open-ended explorations on the island, filmed free of a script or a premeditated agenda. It captures painful moments of death along marvelous moments of birth and renewal as those are interwoven in the film to narrate the full cycle of life, experienced by Jordan and his team on the island. 

For more information on the film, please visit: https://www.albatrossthefilm.com/