Director Jacques Perrin’s (“Microcosmos”) Oscar-nominated “Winged Migration” is a documentary about bird migration. Five crews of more than 450 people, including 17 pilots and 14 cinematographers followed a variety of bird migrations through 40 countries and all seven continents. The film covers landscapes that range from the Eiffel Tower and Monument Valley to the remote reaches of the Arctic and the Amazon. All manner of man-made machines were employed, including planes, gliders, helicopters, and balloons, and numerous innovative techniques and ingeniously designed cameras were utilized to allow the filmmakers to fly alongside, above, below and in front of their subjects. The result is a film of beauty that opens one’s eyes to the ineffable wonders of the natural world.
“Winged Migration” will be screened at 7 p.m. Sept. 25, 26 and 27 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 28. It has a running time of 96 minutes and is rated G. John Van Niel, president of the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, will lead a discussion following the Saturday screening.