HomeFilmsEmptying the Skies exposes the brutal world of bird traps Conner Mckissack 01/29/2015 Films 911 Emptying the Skies is a journey to the world of songbirds. Picture: DocPoint Based on Jonathan Franzen’s 2010 contribution to the New Yorker, Douglas Kass’s ‘Emptying the Skies’ (2013) follows several male members of the C.A.B.S. organisation ( Committee Against Bird Slaughter) on a series of unusual, vigilante journeys throughout mediterranean countries to save migratory songbirds by dismantling traps set by hunters. The ortolan. Picture: DocPoint The birds are believed to be a delicacy and fetch very high prices in various underground markets for food lovers and restaurant owners. Songbirds like the ortolan, have been hunted to near-extinction and will not be able to survive as a species if something is not done about this. Picture: DocPoint Franzen’s testimony as a bird-lover is sobering. While the EU is pretty clear, that hunting and trapping these migratory birds is illegal, the law is not aggressively enforced. The activity of consuming the bird is considered by some a rite of passage and many hunters have attested to learning the techniques from their fathers or grandfathers. To further complicate matters, our heroic group from CABS is crossing international boundaries and property lines to communicate their message. While it’s clear, the motivation is simply love for these beautiful creatures, the film does ask the viewer to consider the point at which it becomes acceptable to take matter’s into your own hands. Details Director: Douglas Kass Country: USA Year: 2013 Length: 78 min Age limit: S Format: DCP Cinematography: Michael Tucker, Douglas Kass Editing: Michael Levine Music: Marty Beller, Laurie Anderson Production: Roger Kass / Ringthething Entertainment Showtimes: Savoy: Sunday 1.2. at 12:00 Contribute to the discussion Be the First to Comment! Notify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments You must be logged in to post a comment. You must be logged in to post a comment.