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THE MESSENGER - A special pre-release screening at Western Film

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Imagine a world without birdsong

Hosted by AFAR
& Bird Studies Canada

Thursday, November 26
7:00 - 9:30pm
Q&A session with AFAR Scientists
and special guests:
Dr. Bridget Stutchbury (York U.)
Dr. Christy Morrisey (U.Sask)
Michael Mesure (FLAP)
Jody Allair (BSC)
Su Rynard (Director)

Western Film Theatre (UCC)
Tickets: $8 ($6 students)
Parking Information


"The Messenger is riveting, emotionally engaging, and visually extravagant from the first frame to the last"

Su Rynard's wide-ranging and contemplative documentary THE MESSENGER explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to wetlands near Mount Ararat to the streets of New York City, THE MESSENGER brings us face-to-face with a remarkable variety of human-made perils that have devastated these airborne music-makers.

On one level, THE MESSENGER is a moving and visually thrilling journey, one that mixes its elegiac message with hopeful notes and unique glances into the influence of songbirds on our own expressions of the soul. On another level, THE MESSENGER is the artful story about the mass depletion of songbirds on multiple continents, and about those who are working to turn the tide.

The documentary includes dazzling high speed high definition video of wild Canadian birds filmed with Dr. Chris Guglielmo in the bird wind tunnel at the Advanced Facility for Avian Research (AFAR).

In ancient times humans looked to birds to foretell the future.
Today, once again, birds have something to tell us.


Best Conservation Program, Jackson Hole Film Festival
Top Ten Audience Award, Hot Docs 2015
Special Mention for Best Documentary, CinemAmbiente