MILLBROOK — There will be a free screening of the documentary “Emptying the Skies,” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
The film looks at the widespread poaching of migratory songbirds in the Mediterranean and the heroism of a team of Italian bird-lovers trying to put an end to the practice. In parts of Southern Europe, songbirds are a culinary delicacy, commanding top dollar on the black market. Learn about the millions of protected songbirds that wind up on dinner plates, why the harvest is unsustainable, and how citizens can help turn the tide.
The film, directed by brothers Douglas and Roger Kass, is based on a New Yorker essay by Jonathan Franzen. Using discrete cameras, filmmakers traveled to poaching hotspots with international activists.
A Q&A with Roger Kass will follow the 78-minute film. He said “Beyond learning about the issues the film addresses in terms of songbird poaching in southern Europe, the notion that every individual can make a difference, no matter how large or small, is one that I really hope the film clearly evokes.”