… the film Albatross – elegy to beauty & grief for love lost …

Truly witnessing the tragedies on our planet is not the same as passive looking,  witnessing expands and transforms consciousness. As an individual I feel helpless, unable to solve the overwhelming problems, but by witnessing and accepting the sad truth of what is happening, and by grieving the losses, I, each of us, in a small way, can contribute towards a necessary and crucial paradigm shift.

Chris Jordan’s film about the Albatross, a labour of love that took eight years of intense collaborations – is a gift to the world, free to watch or download.

When you find a quiet hour, click here to watch the film.

The unusual documentary reveals stunningly beautiful, poignant and intimate openings into the life of these ancient bird families. The spellbinding scenes, shot on the lone Pacific island of Midway halfway between America and Asia, touches way, way deeper into our psyche than any factual or statistical report about the insanity of our throwaway cultures could ever do.

It is a meditation on love. And the soundtrack is an art in itself.

The birds mate for life (up to 60 years) and their mating dance, filmed in slow motion that reaches into the reality of their time, shows a mirroring ritual of sheer poetry, of a grace that sweetly chimes in our deepest cellular being. Once the egg arrives, the parents take turns to keep it warm and, with endless patience, guard the chick’s struggle as it squeezes itself out from the hard shell. It’s a tough and drawn-out entry, but help would not be helpful, since the little one’s birth-struggle develops the resilience needed for survival.

What made the stunning images possible is that these majestic animals have not learned to fear humans, whose latest habits hasten their demise. Without natural enemies, they trust life, and the ocean, which offered them food for millennia, even though it now includes plastic tidbits that spell their demise.

 

Some scenes near the end of the film bring home powerful metaphors – like what it takes to fly. Fledglings, to lighten their weight, must empty their stomachs of everything fed to them by their parents (in this instant plastic.) Mothers, forgive yourselves. We can hardly avoid dumping stuff on your offspring, be it psychic or material. Many fledglings don’t manage, but if lucky, and if the right wind comes along, their wings will carry them across the sea towards their adult adventure.

Click here to find out about the story behind the film.

And check out Chris Jordan’s other projects, or follow him on twitter @cj_artist

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14 responses to “… the film Albatross – elegy to beauty & grief for love lost …

  1. sounds wondrous – will share this on my fb page if that’s alright with you?

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  2. Rob

    Thank you Ashen.
    I was going to say I have no words after watching this but a sentence I recently came across might come somewhere near.
    “Unfathomable beauty, stupefying tragedy”.

    Rob

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  3. So very lovely. Thank you for guiding us to this!

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  4. Riveting and heart-breaking. What a wonderful find.

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  5. What a wonderful film, and your comments, Ashen, are soooo moving.

    Like

  6. Reblogged this on Jane Bwye and commented:
    This wonderful film lasts 90 minutes – spare the time, and be moved by what you see.

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  7. Thank you for you kind words, Jane – and for sharing and spreading this poignant and stunning documentary …

    Like

  8. Wonderful, beautiful, but so sad. Will the destruction ever stop?

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  9. Beautiful post, I am definitely watching this film tonight. How wonderful that such patience and love was given to make this document.

    Especially the following touched me deeply:
    ” What made the stunning images possible is that these majestic animals have not learned to fear humans, whose latest habits hasten their demise. Without natural enemies, they trust life, and the ocean, which offered them food for millennia, even though it now includes plastic tidbits that spell their demise. ”

    We humans have a lot of changes to do.

    Miriam

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    • I agree, Miriam.
      The systems humans create do not inspire trust, but as individuals we must keep witnessing the betrayals visited on every aspect of life that enabled our so-called intelligent species to come this far. Thanks for visiting again.

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  10. Exquisite. Thank you for sharing this film. And thanks for your wonderful blog.

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