Down to Earth - Flightless Birds

A very old dream of mankind: taking-off and flying. Elegant and smooth like birds. But more than 40 bird species walk instead of flying. Why did they abandon this elegant way of ‘travelling’? And what is the consequence of walking?


Director: Volker Arzt

Volker Arzt has been working on TV for decades. His background is a degree in theoretical physics, but his passion is moving pictures. He made about 200 documentaries about scientific, medical or ecological topics for children and adults. The project ‘smart birds’ fits right in in with his favourite subject: cognitive abilities of living creatures – reasons for differences, evolutionary development and the part they play in daily life. Ravens and parrots for example are particularly intelligent and smart and seem to have an understanding for techniques and every-day physics. Only legend or scientific knowledge? What may be the outcome of a competition between the smartest representatives of crows and parrots? We can look forward to finding out!

Director: Dr. Angelika Sigl

Angelika Sigl looks back on 30 years of continuous collaboration as an author and producer with various broadcasters (BR, MDR, WDR, SWR, ZDF, ARTE). During this time she has produced over 60 documentaries in the fields of science, nature and animals, as well as countless reports. For the past 3 years, Angelika Sigl has been the producer of the successful children's series "Paula/Anna und die wilden Tiere" with her company Text und Bild Medienproduktion, as well as the attached line extensions.

Numerous awards at Naturvision, Greenscreen and Darss Film Festival, International Environmental Film Festival in Banska Bystrica etc.

Germany New Zealand South Africa
45 Min.
Director: Volker Arzt, Dr. Angelika Sigl
Script: Angelika Sigl, Volker Arzt
Cinematography: Dietmar Nill, Herbert Brauer, Roland Gockel, Marlen Hundertmark, Brian McClatchy, Björn Rehder
Editing: Christian Scholz
Music: Jörg Magnus Pfeil, Siggi Müller, Sebastian Haßler
Narrator: Udo Wachtveitl
Editor: Gabriele Conze (WDR)
Producer: Angelika Sigl ( Text und Bild Medienproduktion GmbH & Co.KG)
Nominations: Best Science Film 2017
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