Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

To Teach a Bird to Fly (2020)


It’s hard to imagine how people just let it happen. How could things go so far before anyone intervened?

An old book of extinct animals reveals the harsh truth. Instead of an epitaph, it now feels like a damning piece of evidence against humanity. All these extinct and endangered species. How was this even possible?

Now, the world is again full of life once in danger of disappearing.

This experimental nature documentary by Minna Rainio and Mark Roberts depicts climate change and the wave of extinction from the point of view of our near future. Actually, it depicts the age we live in now, or rather its fateful consequences.

A garden bird as common as the starling was in danger of disappearing altogether from the wild. Until a few “rebels” decided to start protecting the bald ibises. “It felt completely natural for us to help, when other species needed it.”

By depicting the German Waldrapp project, the documentary turns the dystopic probability into a hopeful possibility. In the film’s universe, all is well once again – or not exactly all, as it was too late to save the glaciers. They melted.

Marko Ylitalo
Translation: Liina Härkönen

The film will be screened together with The Fantastic.

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Film Title : To Teach a Bird to Fly
Language : englanti
Director : Minna Rainio, Mark Roberts
Year : 2020
Length : 22
Age limit : S
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Ilmari Mannermaa
Producer : Maria Gullsten
Production Company : Flatlight Creative House

Screenings :
Ti 28.1. klo 17.00, Kinopalatsi 1, followed by a Q&A with director Minna Rainio
Pe 31.1. klo 15.00, Kinopalatsi 8, followed by a Q&A with director Minna Rainio