BIRDS AT SUNRISE

by Joyce WIELAND
1986 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 10' 15

The film was originally photographed in 1972. Birds from my window were filmed during the winter, through to the spring, with the early morning light. I became caught up in their frozen world and their ability to survive the bitter cold. I welcomed their chirps and their songs which offered life and hope for spring.

In 1984 I was part of a cultural exchange between Canada and Israel. During my visit my unfinished movie came to mind. A connection was established in my mind - so that the suffering of the birds became, in a sense, symbolic of the Jews and their survival through suffering. The film begins with the reading in Hebrew of the 23rd Psalm. This lays the spiritual ground to the film. I dedicate this film to Ayala. (JW)

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distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
original language Hebrew
rental fee 41,00 €