Day of the Sparrow is a political wildlife documentary. It tells the story of a country where the border between war and peace are disappearing. On 14th November 2005 a sparrow is shot dead in Leeuwarden, and in Kabul a German soldier dies. These competing headlines are the starting point for director Philip Scheffner, who traces the war using the methods of an ornithologist. On his journey through Germany, the camera documents the reality of the war by capturing images of apparent peace. Fragments are wafting through deserted landscapes. Birds remain in the focus, becoming our guides to hidden places where the war is produced. Then, a sudden change of perspective: an arrest takes place on a Brandenburg country lane. The birdwatchers themselves become the targets of observation.
German subtitles are available for download only in DVD format.
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