CLASSICAL MUSIC TACKLES BIODIVERSITY, AS LUDOVICO EINAUDI PRESENTS “BROKEN WINGS”
"Broken Wings" is a new WaterBear Original short film unveiling the untold story of bird poaching and the devastating effect on the pet industry.
49% of bird species are declining globally, and one in eight are threatened with extinction.
As part of today’s launch, Indonesia-based NGO Thrive Conservation has shared a new report on the wild bird trade in Southeast Asia so consumers can engage and support.
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12 MAY 2023 (TORONTO, ON) — WaterBear Network - the free streaming platform that brings inspiration and action together through films - and production company Studio Birthplace have teamed up with renowned composer Ludovico Einaudi for ‘Broken Wings’, a new short capturing the journey tropical birds make from forest to cage.
Soundtracked by Ludovico Einaudi’s sweeping song “Low Mist”, the new film uncovers a devastating pet industry that silences forests worldwide, highlighting the consequences of bird poaching on biodiversity and the world's ecosystem.
Globally, 49% of bird species are declining, and one in eight are threatened with extinction. Southeast Asia alone is home to over one-fifth of global bird species with large-scale wildlife trafficking being rife throughout the region, as a result of the global pet trade demand.
Being one of the most ubiquitous contemporary composers of the century and the highest-streamed classical pianist of all time, Ludovico Einaudi previously brought attention to the protection of the Arctic Ocean. Now, Einaudi shares his platform to bring attention to the issue of wild bird trafficking.
Ludovico Einaudi stated: "Music has the ability to transcend language barriers and connect with people on a deep emotional level, raising awareness on important issues and having a positive impact on the world. With nearly half of the world's wild bird species in decline, and one in eight at risk of extinction, we must stop the trafficking of wild birds. Let's leave them free, let's keep them out of cages."
The team at Studio Birthplace, helmed by directors Jorik Dozy and Sil van der Woerd, set out to capture the story of a single bird, from being captured in the wild, to ending up in a cage as a pet bird. The team conducted extensive on-the-ground research, followed a real bird poacher for several days, and filmed in three wildlife markets.
The film launches exclusively on WaterBear Network today as the streaming platform continues to tell stories from the front line of climate and social activism.
Sam Sutaria, CEO of WaterBear, commented: "This film explores the line between fascination and destruction and how the pet industry can lead to the devastation of ecosystems around the world.
We're so excited to work with the esteemed Ludovico Einaudi to bring this issue to life - raising greater awareness around the threat we are causing to biodiversity and animal extinction is vital right now. Through the universal power of music and film, Broken Wings captures the innate beauty of wild birds and the fatal suffering being inflicted on them.”
To tie in with the new release, Indonesia-based NGO Thrive Conservation has compiled a report on the wild bird trade in Southeast Asia for viewers who want to learn more. They are working to protect birds in Indonesia, a country with more globally threatened bird species than anywhere else in the world. Viewers will be urged to stop caging wild birds and donate to Thrive Conservation.
Broken Wings was filmed over a period of 7 days. The birds that were poached while filming were released back into the wild at the end of the shoot.
To learn more about the call to action, visit the film's website: studiobirthplace.com/brokenwings
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Studio Birthplace, founded in 2019, is a creative studio that focuses solely on ecological topics and a sustainable future for our planet. The studio's work consists of campaign films, documentaries, music videos, promos and apps, and brought attention to environmental topics such as deforestation, overconsumption, the climate emergency, and the plastic soup. Recent project highlights include Wasteminster for Greenpeace which has collected many awards including a Cannes Lion and two British Arrows.