A2P Cinema 100 Films of the Aughts
A2P Cinema 100 Films of the Aughts
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THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL
2003 - Judy Irving - United States
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"When I was thinking about consciousness, I was only thinking about human beings… All life is one whole, it really is." The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is one of the most beautiful, touching, and compassionate documentaries ever made. A film that is charming, inspirational, and ultimately a spiritual one. This is a film that transcends itself beyond the simplicity into depths that very well express the essence of life, of humanity, of nature, of community, of communication, of love, of spirituality, and of hope. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is a gentle film that captures the connection of nature, humanity, and environment. It captures these three aspects both together and individually. What emerges is an unforgettable experience. This is a film so beautiful, complex, caring, and above all peaceful. There is a tranquility to this film that is truly a lovely and rare feeling. The story centers around Mark Bittner, a lonely man who found a meaning and purpose in his life by opening his eyes and discovering nature. It is through this discovery that he grew a transcendent connection with the wild birds of San Francisco's Telegraph Hill. First-time feature filmmaker Judy Irving shoots the film with a calm and enchanting touch of beauty. San Francisco and it's people play as a critical backdrop to the film in both visuals and emotional themes, as the film is essentially a portrait of Bittner, the parrots, and the city. Equally touching, compassionate, heartbreaking, and funny The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is a magical and un-exploiting documentary of incredible depths and beauty. To see this film is to cherish the emotional and spiritual journey it takes you on.
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