The Falconer, a documentary movie about Rodney Stotts, one in every of just a few African American grasp falconers within the U.S., debuts this week on public tv’s WORLD Channel and on the PBS app. Stotts may also be the visitor at two digital screenings this week in affiliation with Black Birders Week.
The primary, hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is scheduled for in the present day, June 1, at 7 p.m. Japanese. The second, hosted by Amplify the Future and Manomet, is slated for Thursday, June 3, at 8 p.m. Japanese.
The movie tells how Stotts grew up on the tough streets of Southeast Washington, D.C. As a youngster within the Nineteen Nineties, he was concerned in a river cleanup organized by the Earth Conservation Corps, and later the group helped return Bald Eagles to the nation’s capital.
The expertise turned Stotts away from promoting medication and towards working with raptors. He skilled with grasp falconer and raptor rehabilitator Suzanne Shoemaker, and he says within the movie that when he handed the check to develop into a licensed falconer, “She was the primary one I referred to as.”
The Falconer follows Stotts as he works to transform an deserted plot of land right into a hen sanctuary, the place he can rehabilitate injured birds of prey. We see him working with youngsters from a juvenile detention facility and educating different younger children about dealing with raptors. As he says, “you by no means know who’s the following raptor specialist.” In a jaw-dropping scene, Stotts rescues a Bald Eagle that was trapped in a fence atop a excessive wall. He straps his belt to the fence to maintain himself from falling.
It’s price noting that this movie shouldn’t be for all audiences. It addresses a number of traumas, together with homicide, sexual assault, racism, and drug use.
“I consider within the energy of movie to foster a deeper understanding of our fellow man, and to encourage private dedication to take motion on the urgent problems with our day,” says the movie’s director, Annie Kaempfer. “Rodney Stotts places all the pieces he has into making an attempt to make his group a greater place. My hope is that after witnessing this battle firsthand, The Falconer’s viewers will aspire to do the identical.”
The transformational energy of birds
Orietta Estrada and Tykee James, founders of Amplify the Future and co-chairs of the Black & Latinx Birders Scholarship, “By way of his work with raptors, Rodney Stotts heals whereas giving youth pathways to conservation and falconry that will not have in any other case been offered to them. We’re delighted to co-host this occasion with our accomplice and sponsor Manomet and really glad to assist Black Birders Week 2021.”
“We’re excited to co-host this movie screening with Amplify the Future and to convey consideration to the work that Rodney does,” says Nadia Elysse, director of range and belonging at Manomet. “Manomet is dedicated to growing entry to nature and academic programming. Rodney’s story is a superb instance of how connecting to birds and the world round us may be transformational. I hope that everybody will be a part of us for this necessary dialog.”