Albatross is a spiritual experience that transcends the medium of film.”
-Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism.
“Like other profoundly elegiac works in the history of art — Grunewald’s Crucifixion, Friedrich’s nocturnes, Picasso’s Guernica — Chris Jordan’s Albatross is both achingly sad and pleasurably beautiful.”
-Suzaan Boettger, art historian/critic, NYC
Albatross arrives like a godsend with spiritual value leaving a lasting memory upon all those that experience it.”
-Mary Jordan, curator, artist, and Founder/Creative Director of New Water Culture, NYC
Albatross is a piercing, soaring, sobering, exalting artwork, tinged with the sadness of great love, radiantly brilliant.”
-Carl Safina, conservationist and writer
“Transfixed, mesmerized, undone, astonished, stunned; even these words do not describe the experience of watching Albatross. It is poetry written at the end and beginning of the Earth, a radiant lens into innocence and suffering, a quintessential mirror of what it means to be humane in this world.”
-Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author
Albatross is a shared grief, a collective prayer, a mirror into our own complicity of the suffering we have caused through our religion of consumption. Chris Jordan asks us through his lens of attention and compassion, “How shall we live?” This film is a reckoning of this moment in time. Do we have the courage to not avert our gaze? Albatross shows us the way.”
-Terry Tempest Williams, author, conservationist, and activist

About the Project

ALBATROSS is a powerful visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on Earth, tens of thousands of albatross chicks lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Returning to the island over several years, Chris and his filming team witnessed cycles of birth, life, and death of these magnificent creatures as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. ALBATROSS walks us through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy — and our own complicity — head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a deeply felt experience of beauty and love for the miracle of life on Earth. Stepping outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, ALBATROSS takes viewers on a lyrical guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of reverence and renewal that is already reaching an audience of millions of people around the world.

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