On one of the remotest islands on Earth, tens of thousands of albatross chicks lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Their parents mistake floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean. Carrying shards of plastic back to the island inside their bellies, the adult birds unknowingly feed lethal quantities of it to their chicks.
Returning to the island over several years, Chris and his filming team witnessed cycles of birth, life, and death of these magnificent creatures as a multi-layered metaphor for our times.
Stepping outside the stylistic templates of traditional documentary film, the full-length feature, also edited and narrated by Chris Jordan, takes us more fully into the tragedy, while delivering a profound message of reverence and renewal.
A message from Chris – his wish for Albatross
“I believe the missing piece in our culture right now is feeling. It seems to me that collectively we are getting further and further away from what we feel. We are getting more and more into our mind. We are even projecting our mind out of our body onto our devices. We are drifting away from that fundamental state of being and the sensuous experience in the physical world. The further we drift away, the more disconnected we become from each other and from the living world which is not only an unbelievable magnificent gift to all of us, but it’s also our live support system.
I want to offer Albatross to the world as a gift. My wish is that my film spreads on its own merits. Mid 2018 Albatross will be available for free to anybody who wants to show it anywhere to anyone. What I am interested in is trying to return to the state of feeling and mostly, a state of love.”
Film name: Albatross
Subtitle: A love story for our time from the heart of the Pacific
Film maker: Chris Jordan, 1963 USA
English spoken. There are no subtitles during this screening.
More info: http://www.albatrossthefilm.com