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The Messenger

Canada and France – 2015

Biodiversity Feature Films Films


  • Wednesday, September 14 - 10:00am
    Biblioteca Infantil y Juvenil Republica Dominicana, Santo Domingo
  • Thursday, September 15 - 4:30pm
    The Colonial Gate 4D Cinema, Santo Domingo
  • Friday, September 16 - 11:00am
    Liceo Francés de Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo

The Messenger, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Su Rynard (Dream Machine, Kardia) chronicles the struggle of songbirds worldwide to survive in turbulent environmental conditions brought about by humans and argues that their demise could signify the crash of the ecosystems globally, akin to the disappearance of honey bees and the melting of the glaciers.

Director: Su Rynard

Country: Canada and France

Year: 2015

Duration: 90min

Language: English

Subtitles: Spanish


Messenger_Director_1Su Rynard

Su Rynard is a filmmaker who has won numerous accolades and awards for her films and media art. Her work is often inspired by science, and most recently ecology. Her dramatic feature film “Kardia” (2006), a meditation on the human heart, was awarded the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize (USA). Her feature documentary “Dream Machine” (2000) was produced by The National Film Board of Canada. Rynard’s films have screened at film festivals such as The Toronto International Film Festival, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Shanghai International Film Festival and the Fajr International Film Festival. Rynard was one of 10 filmmakers selected from across Canada to be a resident at the Canadian Film Centre in 1996. She was also selected as one of four filmmakers to participate in the innovative 2011 CFC/NFB Documentary Development Program. She attended York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art. Rynard’s work has been exhibited in galleries including the MOMA in New York and the National Gallery of Canada. Su Rynard lives and works in Toronto, Canada. The MESSENGER is her third feature film.

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