Dir. Eric Liner | USA | 2017 | 94 mins
Join us for the EFFA 2018 closing night presented in partnership with Darebin City Council, and enjoy complimentary food and refreshments after the screening.
In 1977, world-renowned cinematographer Neil Rettig captured the first filmed images of the Philippine Eagle in the wild, transforming the bird into a national symbol. Native to and found only in the Philippines, this majestic creature is at once the world’s largest and rarest eagle. Shockingly, less than 700 remain today, and the future of these iconic birds is tied to the preservation of the Philippine’s last fragments of old-growth forest.
With the Philippines rapidly expanding population facing serious political, economic and environmental battles, the eagle’s plight has sadly fallen out of public consciousness, spurring Rettig to return and embark on a gruelling expedition alongside the next generation of Filipinos determined to save the eagle. Together, we will witness their fight to save this beautiful species from extinction.
Enhanced by beautiful wildlife photography and immaculately restored archival footage, Bird of Prey deftly explores the vanishing world of the Philippine Eagle and the inner lives of the heroes who will stop at nothing to save it.
This film will be followed by a panel discussion. This panel will include:
Dr Leslie Fraser - Friends of Merri Park Wetland
Dr Nadine Richings - Darebin Nature Trust member
Marnie Lassen - Trust for Nature
Cr Steph Amir was elected to Council in 2016. With a background in science and research, Cr Amir is committed to evidence-based decision-making on council. She is passionate about environmental sustainability, supporting Darebin’s thriving arts community, and making Darebin a more equitable place to live for all current and future residents. She lives in Preston with her partner and daughter.