A note from our curator, independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
If you’ve never heard of the Bali Starling, it’s no wonder—in 2006, there were just 10 of these birds left in the wild of their native Bali, where they were driven to the brink of extinction by illegal pet trading. This short film showcases the efforts of Dr. Bayu Wirayudha, founder of the Friends of the National Parks Foundation, who attempts to save the birds by establishing an alternative habitat on the island of Nusa Penida. What’s uplifting about this film is not just what happens to the birds, but the innovative economic activity that the Friends of the National Parks Foundation are encouraging within the island community. They are introducing a goat bank program, a weaving program, and a nursery for indigenous trees. How’s that for activism?
Bali Starling—produced by Kirsten Horne