Albatross by Chris Jordan (2017) is a powerful visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on #Earth, in the pacific ocean, tens of thousands of albatross chicks lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic.
Returning to the island over several years, Jordan and his filming team witnessed cycles of birth, life, and death of these magnificent creatures as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. Albatross walks us through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy — and our own complicity — head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a deeply felt experience of beauty and love for the miracle of life on Earth. Stepping outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, Albatross takes viewers on a lyrical guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of reverence and renewal that is already reaching an audience of millions of people around the world.
Albatross (2017), 97’, colour, sound
Chris Jordan: Director, Writer, and Editor
Manuel Maqueda: Ocean Activist, Photographer
Victoria Sloan Jordan: Producer, Co-writer and Creative Partner
Jim Hurst: Cinematographer, Sound Recordist, Co-Producer, and Creative Consultant
Jan Vozenilek: Cinematographer/Co-Producer
Additional cinematographers: Joseph Schweers, Ian Hinkle, Chris Johnson/Carlos de Varona
Executive Producers: Cyrill Gutsch and Lea Stepken, Parley for the Oceans
Geralyn Dreyfous, Sarah Johnson, Lekha Singh, Matthew London, Claudia Welss