A Place to Land
Fly Away Films' Student Academy Award-winning short film follows the stories of homeless parrots in captivity across the nation, from foster homes in Northern Virginia to remote sanctuaries in Arizona and Utah.
Exotic parrots are wild creatures at heart. When forced to live in cages as pets, they are prone to neurotic behaviors and often end up being treated poorly or abandoned when people don't understand the special care they need. Because parrots can live so long -- usually from 30 to 80 years -- the birds often outlive their owners and have nowhere to go. Fortunately, non-profit organizations and dedicated parrot lovers are doing everything they can to protect and rehabilitate these special birds.
Fly with us as we delve into a world where feather plucking is an all-too-common occurrence and where freedom is never taken for granted. Ultimately, this short film enlightens and educates audiences on the melancholy plight of these intelligent, beautiful creatures -- and shows that they deserve the best care our nation can give them.
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Parrot lovers with limited funds try to help as many as possible and the demands on these sanctuaries are increasing each year.Any attempt to highlight these problems, the desperate needs of these intelligent and beautiful birds and the need for financial support for those who are helping to provide a decent life for these poor creatures, must be supported. The only way forward is to tell people the truth as to how it really is!
I work in a sanctuary in the UK and work with such birds myself, right or wrong, over 20 years, they have become an extension of my family and even the bad tempered one's are held in high regard. After all, it is not their fault.
I and my colleagues see a similar pattern in the UK and are concerned at the ease in which people can purchase or aquire parrots with little thought or regard and quite willing at times to part with large sums of money!
Without education or films like this, there will never be any change for the better. All the time there is a market and a willing person who is prepared to 'rescue' a bird from a pet shop, because 'the poor thing looks so scared in the cage' or from an aquaintance because' if you don't take it, I'm just going to let it go, I've had enough of the noise and biting!'there will be no end.
Sadly in the UK, the weather is pretty rubbish for much of the year and the birds must get fed up with it, just as we do, so it was particularly lovely in this film, to see the free flying macaws, in the sun, sun, sun!
It is easy to see, with much experience what a wonderful life some of these birds can have in the right hands. This was a pleasure to watch, a colourful feast. Shame there are not more people like this, who to some degree have a more emotional or even spiritual link to their feathered friends. Isn't it wonderful to see these magestic macaws fly? Thank you for choosing to make an informative documentary about a very serious problem. We must all try to focus on keeping parrots in the wild as much as possible and not in cages. Well we can dream can't we?
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