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Cavebirds Emily Gan

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Filmmaker Emily Gan films her father, Howard, as he takes on an unusual project: returning to his home village in Malaysia to build a habitat for swiftlets. The birds’ nests, made from their saliva, are a delicacy in Chinese cuisine. Howard hopes to leave a legacy for his descendants, but will the birds come? Cavebirds explores a father-daughter relationship, links between family and tradition, and issues around migration. Gan takes us inside her soft-spoken father’s world, with scenes of family life, interviews and poetic visions captured on bird farms. A poignant film that heralds the emergence of a talented young filmmaker.

Cavebirds

  • Country : Canada (Quebec)
  • Year : 2019
  • V.O : English, Mandarin, Hokkien, French
  • Subtitles : French or English
  • Duration : 81 MIN
  • Cinematography : Emily Gan, Thomas Kimmerlin Poupart
  • Editing : Emily Gan
  • Production : Emily Gan
  • Music : Emily Gan
  • Sound Design : Christian Olsen
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