DER Documentary

Birds of Passage (Aves de Paso)

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by Rachel Lears
produced by Martín Ubillos
color, 16:9 widescreen, 52 min, 2010

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Birds of Passage presents a lyrical journey through the everyday lives of two young Uruguayan songwriters. Ernesto and Yisela have moved to the capital, leaving behind their respective hometowns on the borders of Brazil and Argentina. After many years of composing songs that reflect their origins, both decide to explore new horizons and each seeks to fulfill the dream of recording an album.

While Yisela struggles to reconcile the emerging possibilities of a career in Uruguay with her plans to move to Argentina, Ernesto confronts personal conflicts that threaten to sabotage his creative passion. The film fuses the arts of documentary film and music, interweaving the songs and stories of these two young composers. With striking vérité cinematography and an unforgettable soundtrack, Birds of Passage explores the challenges of being a young artist and the art of searching, inside and outside oneself.

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Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Certificate of Outstanding Achievement in International Feature Film, Williamsburg Int'l Film Festival, 2011
Fulbright IIE grant for production, 2005
Instituto de Cine y Audiovisual de Uruguay (ICAU) post-production grant, 2009
Park City International Film and Music Festival, 2011
National screening tours, Uruguay sponsored by Ministry of Ed. and Culture & Medio y Medio Films, 2010, 2011
National television broadcast in Brazil on Canal Futura, 2010
Sydney Latin American Film Festival, Australia, 2010
Cinemaissi Festival of Latin American Cinema, Finland, 2010
Atlantic City International Film and Music Festival, 2010
Programa Montevideo Socio Audiovisual outreach grant, 2009

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