The documentary Requiem for a Bird explores the ideas of life, death, extinction, and religion through the story of the vultures and Parsis of Mumbai, India. It currently stands a a last chance to document their singular relationship.
Connected for centuries through a sacred death ritual, the two now fight for their futures. Vultures have suffered a huge population decrease - by as much as 99.9% - because of the use of the anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The Parsi face a similar man-made extinction because of the specific requirements necessary to be considered a Parsi. Combining traditional documentary techniques with mixed media animation and choreographed dance, the film will weave their two stories together and demonstrate how our choices affect not only the fate of ourselves, but the fate of our world.
We are the witnesses to a profound era of loss, and in many cases, also its catalyst. Each day, plant and animal species disappear from our planet, taking with them the biodiversity that makes Earth so unique. Man-made extinctions threatens not only the natural world but also ourselves. Our documentary Requiem for a Bird looks at the relationship of two groups living on the edge of this extinction: the Parsi people and vultures of Mumbai.
YOUR SUPPORT WILL HELP Requiem for a Bird TAKE FLIGHT!
Your financial support is the most immediate and direct way to make Requiem for a Bird possible. The more we collect through this Indiegogo campaign the sooner production can begin and faster we can share the story of the Parsi and assist with the conservation of their beloved vultures.
Here is how your funds will be used.
Though it'll take a bit more to complete the film. This 5080€ is essential to begin filming in this January. It includes the flight, housing fees, local costs and those pesky Indiegogo fees.
Ways to Support
"Good thought, good words, good deeds" three tenets of the Parsi Zoroastrian faith that guide us as we make the film.
1) Donate what you can. Without your financial support, the story of the Parsi fight for the vultures may never be told. Learn more about our perks/thank yous below.
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Cylixe (director) is an award-winning filmmaker and video artist. Her internationally recognized work has been shown in over 30 festivals and venues across the world including the Berlinale, DokFest Kassel, and European Media Art Festival (EMAF). Requiem For a Bird is her third documentary following Una Ciudad En Una Ciudad and WE PICK IT UP. In 2013, she won the Doku Klip Award and European Media Art Festival’s Newcomer Award for Una Ciudad En Una Ciudad.
Rahoul Daswani is an independent filmmaker working in the Bollywood industry based in Mumbai. The Four-Wheeler, a short film he wrote, directed, and produced, was in cluded in the 2011 Up & Coming International Film Festival in Hannover. Rahoul is currently directing behind-the-scenes episodes for PK -the most anticipated Bollywood movie of the year - directed by Rajkumar Hirani and starring Aamir Khan.
Cristin Hughes is an experimental filmmaker and curator, recently acquiring her MFA from the School of Visual Arts's Photography, Video, and Related Media Department. She co-founded the performance hub and artist studio Nothing Space in 2012 with five other artists. After learning more about fundraising at a major arts not-for-profit located in New York City, Cristin is now using her skills to produce short documentary and experimental narrative films.
Marius Roth is an experienced 3D animator with over 10 years in the field. Besides working commercially, he also specializes in video projections for stages like HAU 1, Berlin, Hamburger Kammerspiele or notorious filmmaker Bruce la Bruce.
Dorian Wallace is a gifted composer, writer, teacher, and dance musician. A self taught pianist, Dorian began playing at age 4 and composing by age 7. Never losing a love for music, he continued his education at Kent State University, studying Music Composition. He is Co-Founder/Artistic Director of TENTH INTERVENTION, a consortium of classical ensembles in New York City, and The Free Sound Ahn-somble. His most recent film credits include the original score to Hernando Bensuelo's award winning film Last Look.
Chris Arkenberg is a musician and researcher in San Francisco. Chris provided the soundtrack for cylixe's Una Ciudad En Una Ciudad, and he composed a soundtrack inspired by the abandoned luxury tower Sathorn Unique in Bangkok. He seeks to explore and express the emotions of structure through sound and music.
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