Film about hummingbirds at Rotterdam festival

This video is called HUMMINGBIRDS-JEWELLED MESSENGERS (trailer).

Another film at the Wildlife Film Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, will be Hummingbirds – Jewelled Messengers.

The festival organizers write about this film:

This is the story of how hummingbirds became the greatest aerial acrobats on earth. Plants ‘created’ hummingbirds as their messengers, carrying pollen from flower to flower. The film, narrated by David Attenborough, follows the evolution of the birds, as they are shaped by their role as ‘go-betweens’.

Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any vertebrate. They can hover, fly backwards and even backwards and upside down at the same time. They are the smallest warm-blooded creatures on earth. These glittering birds live on the edge of what is possible, even going into a kind of hibernation each night, and all because of plants.

Film about birds on Dutch Terschelling island

This 9 February 2015 Dutch video is the trailer of the film ‘De Vogelwachter, tijd bestaat niet, alleen maar tij’.

At the Wildlife Film Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, there will not be just the new kingfisher film, but this one as well:

The work of bird rangers in European Nature Reserve De Boschplaat on Dutch island Terschelling not merely consists of guarding the reserve. Hosting, providing information, monitoring and making inventories are equally important. The last professional bird ranger from Staatsbosbeheer, Oene de Jong, takes us on a journey into this extraordinary world, through a beautiful, dynamic landscape.

Retired rangers share their stories, supported by unique footage, philosophical anecdotes and beautiful time-lapse photography. All this manifests the importance of the bird ranger history and its great value to the cultural-historical heritage of this West Frisian Island. Beside De Boschplaat the filmmaker also visits Engelsmanplaat and Rottumerplaat, two unique islands in the Wadden Sea World Heritage area where bird rangers are permanently stationed during the breeding season.

New Dutch film on kingfishers

Picture from new Dutch kingfisher film

From the Wildlife Film festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands:

WFFR will open the festival this year with this beautiful film! De IJsvogel (Kingfisher) is an amazing Dutch wildlife film that shows why the kingfisher is thriving in the Netherlands the last couple of years. From within the nest a camera captures the hatching of the eggs until the young fledge. De IJsvogel has unique footage never seen before in the Netherlands. The music is composed by Big Orange, who previously won a Gouden Kalf (Dutch award) for best soundtrack.

The WWFR premiere of this film will be on 29 October 2015, 19:30.

This is a kingfisher video by Dennis Smit from the Netherlands.

New Dutch wildlife film, review

The makers of Dutch wildlife film De Nieuwe Wildernis have made a new film, about wildlife in the south-west of the Netherlands: Holland – Natuur in de Delta. This video is the trailer. Like all the other videos in this blog post, it is by the makers of the film.

The film shows nature in the Scheldt and Rhine rivers delta. In the past 2,000 years, humans have made many changes in this region: to prevent floods, for agriculture, etc. Some of these changes have harmed wildlife. Now, the film says, some Dutch are restoring some of this damage; allowing species like beaver and sea eagle, which had been away for a long time, to return.

The new film started in the cinemas on 24 September 2015. I was at the premiere.

The first image of the film is two lines of poetry by Hendrik Marsman, on the rivers in the Netherlands.

Actress Carice van Houten and actor Bram van der Vlugt do the vocal explanation to the wildlife footage.

This is a 27 November 2014 video interview, in English, with cameraman Paul Edwards.

For the film Holland, natuur in de Delta, Paul Edwards was in the Biesbosch national park for months; filming a white-tailed eagle nest and great crested grebes.

This video, in English, is called Making of – Holland, Natuur in de Delta – Beaver scouting.

This video is about beavers as well.

So this this video.

And this video.

This video, in English, is called Making of – Holland, Natuur in de Delta – [white-tailed] Eagle Hunting.

This video is about a white-tailed eagle nest.

The film has five main characters: the sea eagle; the beaver; the hare; the scarce large blue butterfly; and the three-spined stickleback.

In the parts about sticklebacks in the film, it gets clear how human measures against flooding have made problems for wildlife. Sticklebacks are born in fresh water, but as they get older, they migrate to the sea. When the adult sticklebacks want to spawn, they have to make the long journey again, now in the reverse direction: from sea to rivers to small ditches and pools again.

Some of the stickleback footage in the film was recorded near Texel island, On their journey they meet marine life, like jellyfish and seaweed pipefishes. Then, the small fish have to pass anti-flooding locks with strong currents, to which they did not get used in their millions of years of evolution. Some sticklebacks do not manage to pass the lock. The others who do manage meet other fish, like zander, and, in small streams, brook lamprey. Finally, they arrive at places where the males can make nests for spawning.

This is a hare video.

And this video is about young hares.

And yet another hare video.

One of the supporting actors in the film is the white stork. This is a white stork video.

The grass snake, the subject of this video, is another supporting actor.

So is the great crested grebe, of this video.

And crayfish.

Another animal featuring in the film is the northern pike. This is a video about it. In one movie scene, young pikes learn that they cannot eat sticklebacks because of the spines.

The film shows the metamorphosis of the scarce large blue butterfly; never before recorded on film. Scarce large blue butterflies are very dependent on other life forms. The caterpillars are dependent, first on great burnet plants.

Great burnet, 9 June 2014

Afer great burnet, the caterpillars depend on Myrmica scabrinodis ants, when the caterpillars live as parasites, feeding on ant larvae, in the anthills. Usually in June, the caterpillars become pupae, close to the anthill exit.

Then, in July, the adult butterflies will want to break free from the pupae. They do that early in the morning, before the ants get up. As a caterpillar and a pupa, the scarce large blue smelled like an ant larva; so the usually aggressive ants did not attack it. Adult butterflies do not have that protection. So, they must fly away before the ants become active; as a butterfly does towards the end of the film.

These butterflies are also, indirectly, dependent on springtails: these are the main food of their ant hosts. This is not shown in the film in order to not make it too complex.

Scarce large blue butterfly life cycle

One of the final sentences of the film says that, like scarce large blue butterflies and other wildlife, humans are also dependent on other life forms, and should be aware of that.

Also about this film: here. And here.

3 Day Quote Challenge, thanks again Erika!

3 Day Quote Challenge

Erika of the blog Author Erika Kind has been so kind to nominate this blog for the
3 Day Quote Challenge.

Thanks for this gesture, my dear blogging friend!

Rules of the Three-Day Quote Challenge:

Thank the blogger who nominated you.
Publish 3 quotes on 3 consecutive days in your blog. It can be your own, or from a book, movie or from anyone who inspires you.
Nominate 3 more bloggers to carry on this endeavour.

My quote for today, the second day of the challenge, is a long quote. It is the final part of a favourite film of mine.

This video is called The Great Dictator (1940) – Charlie Chaplin – Final Speech.

My three nominees for today are:

1. Առլեն Շահվերդյան. հեղինակային բլոգ-կայք

2. Tish Farrell

3. Kintal +

Film on unarmed people killed by Cincinnati, USA police

This 2012 video says about itself:

Cincinnati Goddamn Video Compilation

Cincinnati Goddamn” is a feature-length documentary about police brutality, judicial misconduct, and the power of grassroots activism in Cincinnati, Ohio. The film focuses on the murders of Roger Owensby, Jr., and Timothy Thomas at the hands of Cincinnati Police.

Set against the backdrop of a successful economic boycott and a federal investigation into the city’s policing practices, this poignant and powerful story of injustice is told through first-person accounts and cinema verité footage of the surviving families’ long-suffering battle for justice.

From The Lantern in Ohio, USA:

“Cincinnati Goddamn” brings audience attention to police brutality and social change

By Japera Benson

September 3, 2015

With the riots in Ferguson, Missouri and the debate of Black Lives Matter versus All Lives Matter, the documentary “Cincinnati Goddamn” came at an opportune time. “Cincinnati Goddamn” covers 15 unarmed black men killed by the Cincinnati Police Department, primarily focusing on the untimely deaths of Roger Owensby Jr. and Timothy Thomas. Though taking place from 1995 to 2001, its relevance is still seen 14 years later.

This music video is called Nina Simone – Mississippi Goddam. Recorded in the Netherlands in 1965.

The name of the film alludes to this Nina Simone song.

On Wednesday night, more than 1,000 people came to view the film at Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts. The event was also live streamed at the Mansfield campus.

This film examined the negative relationship between the citizens of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Police Department. The film also covered the trials of the police officers charged with killing the men and the rioting that followed the officers’ acquittals. “Cincinnati Goddamn” followed the long-lasting impact of the victims’ families and, ultimately, the city of Cincinnati.

Following the film, there was a Q&A session with April Martin and Paul Hill, co-directors of the film; Iris Roley, a community activist and monitor of the Cincinnati Police-Community Collaborative Agreement; and Rhonda Williams, the director of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University. Treva Lindsey — an OSU assistant professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies — served as the moderator.

During the Q&A session, Williams said they are looking for ways to enforce “education instead of militarization of police forces.”

Martin said that she hopes for “the police to be part of, or at least understand the community they work in.” Martin added that if that doesn’t work, “(we) can start to police our own communities.”

“Cincinnati really started it all and it really goes hand-in-hand with the events happening in Ferguson, Missouri,” said Ginette Rhodes, a first-year in exploration, that was in attendance.

Rhodes is from the St. Louis area herself. She noted that she thought the film was very powerful and that it should be used as an educational tool to help people understand police brutality and affect change.

Hannah Sanders, a first-year in business and a Cincinnati native, was also in attendance.

“I was only 3-years-old when it happened, so I’ve grown up hearing about it, but I’ve never seen it like that,” Sanders said.

Co-director Hill said he foresees “Cincinnati Goddamn” to be available on DVD or online sometime next year.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, white people are coming to consciousness about white supremacy and looking for ways to take action for racial justice: here.