The Day of the Sparrow: February 2nd, 23:40h on Arte

In 2009, I was interviewed in and around the Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam for a documentary called ‘Day of the Sparrow‘ (Der Tag des Spatzen), made by the German director Philip Scheffner. Here is a quote from the synopsis:

“DAY OF THE SPARROW is a political wildlife film. It centers around a country where the border between war and peace fades. On November 14, 2005, a sparrow is shot dead in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, after it toppled over 23000 domino stones. A German soldier dies in Kabul as a result of a suicide bombing. With these headlines appearing side by side, Philip Scheffner is induced to use ornithological methods in his quest for the war. In Germany, not in Afghanistan. Since it is here that we are faced with the question: Are we living in a state of peace or war?”

‘Day of the Sparrow’ had its premiere at the Berlin International Filmfestival in 2010 and received the “Klaus-Wildenhahn-Award” at the 7th Documentary Film Festival Hamburg.

Arie den Hartog (who shot the Domino Sparrow) and I (who immortalized the bird) both have a minor role in this documentary. Personally, I regard this documentary as the strangest project I have ever participated in. I had no idea what it would look like – the result was beyond my imagination. Now is the chance to see and judge.

The full 100 minutes will be broad-casted on Wednesday, February 2nd 2011 at 23:40h on the tv-channel Arte.


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