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Still shot from the movie: Winged Migration.

Winged Migration

Incredible cinematography captures the world of birds and their migratory patterns around the globe. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 88
Theater Release:
Video Release: 10 Apr 2009
MPAA Rating: G
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Perrin says he hasn’t utilized any special effects in making his documentary. How might a documentary director be tempted to use technology as a substitute for filming 0x201Cthe real thing?0x201D Do you think modifying the picture or sound to create a more vivid or moving experience would be ethical in the documentary genre?

Some documentaries use a nearly continual voice-over narrator that essentially tells you what you should be thinking as you watch the pictures. Perrin instead uses the images to tell most of his story. Which do you think is more effective?

One thing the documentary doesn’t address is what has happened to these imprinted birds now that the project is over. Do you think they could be released into the wild after being with humans for so long? Is it right for us to meddle with nature this way?

To learn more about the filming of Winged Migration, along with many facts about birds, check out www.sonyclassics.com/wingedmigration.

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