The Messenger

Media Coverage

The arguments are persuasive, the message from the birds powerful, and the film a rich and satisfying call to action that is presented with some novel ideas for how to restore the ecological balance.
The Messenger is particularly effective at sounding the alarm because it makes the issue highly personal. With exclusive footage, and high-tech cinematography, the movie offers an intimate look at the plight of the songbird. Stunning flight sequences...are conveyed in slow motion, making the complexities of wing movement, control, and rhythm visible to the human eye.
It’s emotionally engrossing, pulling the viewer into the unparalleled beauty on display. ”Imagine a world without birdsong“ may seem like trivial statement before you watch The Messenger, but after it’s ended, such a statement will shock you. In a world such as this, with the way things are now, who could possible want less beauty?
After viewing The Messenger you will be thankful for this opportunity to activate your reverence and wonder for the grace and mystery of these little beings.
The Messenger paints a disturbing picture of how man-made climate change is impacting various species of birds while draining migrating populations of their numbers.
Songbirds now face new and deadly challenges that imperil their existence. The Messenger deftly portrays those threats and balances them with the work being done to save these tiny vertebrates.
According to Su Rynard's provocative and beautiful documentary The Messenger, today's songbirds are delivering us a message of global proportion: Modernity is killing them, and if we don't do something soon, it might destroy us, too.
It’s a refreshing approach to environmental filmmaking...that forgoes ominous voiceover in favor of well-spoken scientists juxtaposed with beautiful cinematography
An informative journey sure to appeal in particular to birdwatchers.

Traveling the world to spotlight challenges and solutions, filmmaker Su Rynard never loses sight of the [songbirds'] sheer beauty, or their emotional and symbolic pull as perceived intermediaries between the earthly and spiritual.

The Messenger hums with the kind of restless energy that’s all too rare for an eco-doc... a testament to Rynard’s success at finding so many dynamic human subjects all striving to save songbirds

Everything in this film is beautifully, evocatively shot, and effectively scored by the birds themselves. It's not a film you'll forget in a hurry, even if some of those voices are never heard again.

It is a story that is beautifully told, amazingly filmed, but not easy to watch. The Messenger shows birds as the physical prophets of what we are doing to the environment, as messengers showing us our own future.
Starting off with crisp focused shots of singled-out birds in flight, slowed down and illuminated over a black background... The Messenger lets you know right away that if you appreciate nature in the slightest, you will like what it has for you.
The Messenger, a stunning documentary film, delivers a visually thrilling ode to the beauty and importance of these imperiled creatures, why they are in decline and what it will mean to all of us on both a global and human level if we lose them.
The Messenger soars as a nature documentary as Rynard and her trio of cinematographers capture the airborne animals in all their beauty. This one's for the birds.
Sure, you may hear their carefree singing and think life is simple for songbirds. Think again.
Canadian director Su Rynard sounds a warning with her doc exploring the shocking decline in the global songbird population — and what that heralds for humans.


“The Messenger is riveting, emotionally engaging, and visually extravagant from the first frame to the last. Up-to-the-minute facts on how birds communicate about environmental change are interwoven with gripping stories about the perils faced every year by these amazing world travelers. This is a must-see movie for anybody who values the natural world or wonders about its relationship to humans.” - John Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

“Without a doubt, The Messenger is the most outstanding film I’ve seen on birds. The fact that it is so strongly science-based, so emotive in its pitch, so beautiful in its design it captivates me and everyone who has had a chance to see it.” - Steven Price, President, Bird Studies Canada 


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