Diversity Minor Blog

April 9, 2018

Screening of Albatross – a powerful visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy

Please join us for our upcoming screening of Albatross and post-screening conversation with Seattle-based visual artist Chris Jordan. Jordan will join us on Tuesday April 10, at 7pm in Kane Hall 110. Here is a link to the poster and event details.

Co-sponsors for this event include the Animal Studies Working Group, Anthropocene Research Cluster, Center for Creative Conservation, College of the Environment, Comparative History of Ideas, Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media, Environmental Humanities Research Cluster, Photomedia Program, School of Art + Art History + Design, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.

Albatross

(2017)

ALBATROSS is a powerful visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on Earth, tens of thousands of albatross chicks lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Returning to the island over several years, Chris 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.