The visually stunning Academy Award-nominated film, WINGED MIGRATION
, comes to KUED-Channel 7 on Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m.
Directed by one of France's most respected actors and producers, Jacques Perrin, the documentary is presented with almost no narration and filmed primarily from a bird's perspective. This study of the lives and habits of migrating birds re-creates as, nearly as possible, the experiences of the birds themselves. While practically everyone is aware of the fact that birds fly south for the winter, and return home in the spring, few are aware of just how arduous the journey can be. WINGED MIGRATION
documents the flight of dozens of different birds as they follow their navigational instincts and make the taxing journey to more temperate climates in the fall. Employing an impressive variety of aircraft (planes, gliders, helicopters, balloons) and state-of-the-art technology, Perrin and a crew of more than 450 people closely followed bird migrations through 40 countries and each of the seven continents. The film covers landscapes that range from the Eiffel Tower and Monument Valley to the remote reaches of the Arctic and the Amazon. The first directorial effort for Perrin, WINGED MIGRATION
received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary in 2002.