Emptying The Skies


Emptying The Skies (2015)



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Based on a magazine essay written by noted best-selling novelist Jonathan Franzen for 'The New Yorker' and widely republished around the world, 'Emptying the Skies' chronicles the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe. Songbird populations have been drastically declining for several decades, and a number of species face extinction imminently. The film explores the wonder of these tiny globe-flying marvels, millions of which are unlawfully slaughtered each year for large sums on the black market, and follows an intrepid squad of pan-European bird-lovers who risk their lives waging a secret war against poachers, disrupting illegal trapping and freeing as many birds as possible. Jonathan Franzen is executive producer of and featured in the film. (C) Music Box Films

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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Emptying the Skies performs a grand and aching love by telling its story with a power that enrages.

Apr 22, 2015 | Full Review…

A thoughtful bit of filmmaking, one that at heart is not really about birds at all.

Apr 21, 2015 | Full Review…

The documentary is too prosaic to capture that ecstatic experience, but it provides some interesting detail on the different methods used to trap birds and the harassment faced by the CABS people.

Feb 2, 2015 | Full Review…

You are going to shake with rage. That is a very good thing.

Nov 13, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A thrilling action drama, not about CIA agents or Mafia gangsters, but about bird lovers putting their lives on the line to prevent poachers from "emptying the skies".

Dec 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Emptying The Skies, a documentary based on Franzen's story that borrows its headline as its title, ultimately makes a more searing imprint on the psyche.

Apr 23, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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A heartbreaking tale of the hunting of songbirds in Cyprus and across Southern Europe. There is an added element of cruelty to the way that the little fellows are caught is part of the overall tragedy. A sad tale.

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